Amit Shah
Amit Shah

New Delhi :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 47-year-old trusted aide and general secretary Amit Shah appeared all set to become the new president of the Bhartiya Janata Party although the outgoing president Rajnath Singh claimed discussions were still on to decide who heads the party in view of Singh becoming the Home Minister.

The party sources said a formal announcement would be made on Saturday.  They said Shah’s name had been finalised in a meeting of Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Ramlal in the BJP headquarters after a meeting of the party office-bearers chaired by Singh.

They said the RSS leadership had also given its nod.

There was an issue that his elevation will mean both the government and the party are headed by leaders from Gujarat, but Modi forced the decision by pointing out that BJP’s unprecedented performance in Uttar Pradesh has proved Shah’s organisational skills – he had added 73 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats to the BJP tally.

 Another BJP general secretary, J P Nadda, who was also being considered for the post of the party president, met Rajnath Singh earlier in the day and conveyed to him that he may be excused as he would prefer to work under Shah.

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