Amid the speculations over the face of Bharatiya Janata Party's new President following the appointment of current chief Amit Shah as the Union Home Minister in the Modi Cabinet 2.0, senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP JP Nadda has been appointed as the party's Working President on Monday. The party took the decision during the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Following the appointment of JP Nadda as the Working President of the party, BJP MP from Lucknow and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the media and said that it was party chief Amit Shah's recommendation to appoint a Working President to carry forward the smooth and successful functioning of the party. Hailing Amit Shah for his efforts and dedication towards the party during the five years of his post, Rajnath Singh said that under his leadership, the party did exceedingly well in the state and national elections. He further added that the BJP Parliamentary Party took the decision to appoint JP Nadda as the Working President of the party during the meeting.
"As you all know that Amit Shah has been working as the National President of the BJP party for five years now and I can say he has fulfilled his duties successfully. Under the leadership of Amit Shah ji, BJP has done exceedingly well in many states of the country. After the Cabinet was formed, Prime Minister Modi gave Amit Shah ji the charge of the Home Ministry. So it was decided that some one else will be given the charge of BJP. So the Parliamentary Board took the decision that Amit Shah remains the national president. However, it was Amit Shah ji who urged for a new leadership saying that he will not be able to completely fulfil his duty. Therefore, the Parliamentary board decided to appoint JP Nadda as the Working President of the party," Union Minister Rajnath Singh said.
Taking to Twitter, he congratulatory JP Nadda over the development:
JP Nadda is the 11th President of the national party (though he is the first Working President, as per records) as he takes over the reins from Amit Shah. He will take up the role even as Amit Shah - newly appointed Union Home Minister - will continue as BJP party President till the assembly elections till later this year, having led the party, alongside PM Narendra Modi. The former Union Minister was a member of Rajya Sabha from Himachal Pradesh and Parliamentary Board Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party. Earlier, he was a Minister in Himachal Pradesh Government.