Tender-spoken, affable and low-key, the newly elected BJP president Jagat Prasad Nadda is a quintessential organisation man who is predicted to consolidate the speedy positive factors the occasion has made below his predecessor Amit Shah.
He takes over at a time when the BJP is witnessing vigorous problem from a united opposition in meeting elections amid indicators that it must rejig its electoral technique following a string of losses in state polls.
If a comparatively inexperienced Mr Shah in 2014 was seen as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handpicked man to shake up the saffron organisation by easing out veterans and infusing younger blood to galvanise occasion cadres and gasoline its enlargement drive, Mr Nadda is taken into account a seasoned hand who will construct on these positive factors with out inflicting too many disruptions.
His rapid problem is the February eight Delhi Meeting polls the place the BJP is locked in a tricky battle with Aam Aadmi Social gathering, adopted by year-end elections in Bihar.
Nevertheless, his huge take a look at could be the following yr’s meeting polls in West Bengal, a state the place the BJP has by no means tasted energy however has emerged as a robust challenger to Mamata Banerjee-headed TMC.
Regardless of its overwhelming win within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP has suffered a number of defeats in state polls since 2018 and its governments have been unable to return to energy, besides in Haryana the place it needed to be a part of palms with JJP to kind authorities.
The 59-year-old Mr Nadda, who holds a level in legislation, brings many years of expertise throughout which he served at key occasion posts, headed its election marketing campaign in a bunch of states — from Bihar to Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab amongst others — and in addition labored as a minister in BJP governments in his house state of Himachal Pradesh.
He was additionally a Cupboard minister within the first Modi authorities.
The Brahmin chief is taken into account inside the occasion an epitome of political correctness together with his manners unfailingly well mannered in public and his assaults on rivals by no means triggering any unseemly controversy.
Nevertheless, occasion insiders say Mr Nadda could be very agency in his dealing with of organisational affairs and electoral challenges however makes it some extent to not make any public fuss about them.
He’s additionally a person of element as occasion leaders recall that he spent months in Uttar Pradesh, a state he was made incharge of throughout the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, assembly each spiritual chief of consequence and holding lengthy conferences with occasion leaders and allies to tackle the formidable problem posed by the SP-BSP alliance.
Mr Nadda hails from Himachal Pradesh however was born and raised in Bihar the place his father was a professor in Patna College.
He joined the ABVP, the RSS pupil wing, there and was energetic within the anti-Emergency stir headed, his colleagues say.
On his return to his house state, he was elected as pupil union president of the Himachal College.
He grew to become president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the BJP’s youth wing, in 1991. By the way, Shah was additionally a BJYM workplace bearer that point.
It was an indication of the belief he all the time had of the occasion management that he grew to become the chief of the opposition in Himachal in 1993 after being elected an MLA for the primary time.
When the BJP stormed to energy in 1998 within the state, he grew to become a minister. He was a minister once more in 2010 when he resigned to grow to be the occasion’s nationwide normal secretary when Nitin Gadkari was its president.
He loved heat relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi because the latter was for lengthy incharge of the occasion’s affairs in Himachal.
Mr Nadda was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2012 and made a member of the occasion’s parliamentary board in 2014 when Shah took over as its president.
His regular rise by way of the organisation continued when PM Modi and Mr Shah selected him to be its working president final yr.