India's Ruling BJP gets a new Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda
ISLAMABAD - After almost eight months of holding the additional responsibility of party chief, Amit Shah made way to a new chief, Jagat Prakash Nadda, who was elected unopposed on Monday.
Nadda, who was the federal Health Minister during Modi’s first federal ministry term, was dropped during the second term and made working president of the party, before being elevated to head of the organization.
Nadda is often regarded as the third most important person in the national party after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah.
On being elected as the new party president, Nadda said: "A simple worker like me, who didn't have a political background, who hails from a remote place in Himachal Pradesh (state) - if someone like me is being given this responsibility then it is the speciality[sic] of the BJP and it is possible only in the BJP."
Modi and Shah congratulated the new party chief and hoped, the BJP would “scale newer heights during his Presidency”.
Nadda was born on 2nd December in 1960 in Patna, the state capital of Bihar. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Patna University and went on to become a lawyer after graduating from Himachal Pradesh University. Inspired by Jayaprakash Narayan, an Indian Independence activist, Nadda joined student politics, becoming a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and later going on to become the National Secretary of the ABVP in 1989.
In 1991, Nadda was appointed the National President of the BJP Yuva Morcha and was re-elected in 1993.