BJP National Working President Shri JP Nadda was elected unopposed as the 11th National President of BJP and took charge from the outgoing Party National President and Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah on 20 January, 2020.
As per the Constitution of the party, required organizational elections in the State, District and Mandal BJP were concluded before the election of the National President. Prior to that a fresh membership drive was also undertaken and around seven crore new members were added to the existing list and BJP became even bigger while retaining the tag of the world’s largest political party with more than 17 crore members.
FILING OF NOMINATION & ELECTION PROCESS
Before the filing of Nominations for the President’s Post the senior leaders of the party arrived at the BJP Headquarters at Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg in New Delhi on 20 January, 2020.
Following the conclusion of nomination process Shri JP Nadda remained the only candidate for the top post. After verification, a formal announcement regarding Shri JP Nadda’s election as President was made in the afternoon. The election in-Charge and former Union Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh made the official declaration of the election.
Shri Nadda’s name was proposed by the senior party leaders, including outgoing National President and Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, Union Ministers Shri Rajnath Singh and Shri Nitin Gadkari and several Chief Ministers and office bearers of the party during the nomination process.
Following the declaration of the result, outgoing party National President Shri Amit Shah handed over charge to Shri JP Nadda at the party Headquarters.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also arrived at the party Headquarters in the evening and felicitated the newly elected BJP National President Shri JP Nadda along with the outgoing President and Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, former party presidents Shri LK Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Shri Rajnath Singh and Shri Nitin Gadkari, members of the Parliamentary Board, BJP Chief Ministers, National Office Bearers, senior leaders and Union Ministers.
Shri Nadda belongs to Himachal Pradesh. He has risen through the ranks in the ABVP of which he was a part during his student days in Himachal Pradesh and Bihar. He has held several important positions ranging from organizational posts at the district, state and national level; to ministerial positions at the State and Central level.
Earlier, he was given the responsibility of party National Working President after 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Prior to that, he was also in-charge of the BJP’s election campaign in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, where BJP faced a tough challenge from the grand alliance of the Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
Shri Nadda faced the arithmetic challenge of the SP-BSP-RLD Mahagatbandhan successfully and delivered the results with flying colors where, BJP along with its allies won 64 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats.
Shri JP Nadda, considered an affable and accessible politician, enjoys good rapport with the rank and file of the party. He is seen as seasoned organisation man, who was associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad from his college days before joining the youth wing of the BJP and rising through its ranks.
Shri JP Nadda was inspired by the JP Movement and joined the ABVP and BJP’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, which he also went on to head later on.
Shri Nadda in an interaction with media once mentioned that he was detained for 45 days for leading a campaign for upgrading schools. It was in Bihar where Shri Nadda got his initial lessons in politics as a student leader. His father Shri N L Nadda was an academic who also became a Vice Chancellor of the Patna University in Bihar.
Shri Nadda also held the position of Member Secretary of the BJP Parliamentary Board, the highest decision making body of the party. He had also served as a Union Minister in the first Modi government.