Nadda in saddle, BJP to chase Cloud 9 in run up to 2024 polls

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By Manish Anand

New Delhi, January 17: Counting social services for achievements, Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah on Tuesday announced that the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda will stay in office till June, 2024. The saffron outfit has set eyes on nine Assembly elections this year, which will set up the political theatre for the next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

Nadda predictably bagged the second term even while a section of the media fanned courageous speculations of the Gujarat unit BJP chief CR Patil being brought to help the saffron outfit for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. However, the top brass of the BJP put their faith in continuity in the leadership to hand over Nadda consecutive terms in the office.

The BJP president has a three years tenure, and an incumbent chief can stay in the office for two terms as per the constitution of the party. The National Council meeting of the BJP has to endorse the recommendation of the national executive to give the second term to Nadda.

“The term for Nadda Ji as the party president has been extended till June 2024. Throughout his leadership-term, the organisation of the party has worked on the principle of ‘Seva Hi Sangathan’ right from the booth to the national levels,” Shah said in a presser to announce the decision of the national executive.

He also stated that “among all the political parties in the country, it’s only the BJP which truly works to further the democracy”. “During pandemic, our party has done a lot of significant works under Nadda Ji’s leadership; be it about providing food and ration to the poor or about taking people to hospital for check-ups and treatment,” added Shah, counting the social services done by the BJP after the outbreak of the pandemic.

While Nadda was not able to defend the BJP government in his home state Himachal Pradesh, the party had taken the consolation that the difference of the votes polled by the party were only a few thousands less than the victorious Congress. Unlike Shah who as president of the party had ensured victory of the BJP in his home state Gujarat in the 2017 Assembly elections, Nadda failed to repeat the feat in Himachal Pradesh.

But Nadda will have his hands full of challenges this year, as the BJP will brace up to defend the party-led governments in Tripura, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. In Tripura, the BJP is battling faction-fighting, while the saffron outfit will be up against Congress in Karnataka. The BJP is aiming to wrest power in Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram will also go to the polls this year.

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