New Delhi: JP Nadda has been made the national working president of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The decision was taken in a BJP parliamentary board meeting which was chaired by PM Modi, current BJP chief Amit Shah, Sushma Swaraj and other senior leaders.
Amit Shah, who has been inducted in the Narendra Modi cabinet as the home minister, will continue to be BJP chief and will see the party through assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand elections later this year.
Speaking on JP Nadda's appointment, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, "Amit Shah handled the responsibility of BJP chief successfully for five years.
Now that he has become home minister, he [Amit Shah] requested someone else take charge of the party. BJP Parliamentary board has selected JP Nadda as the working president."
Nadda, a Brahmin leader from Himachal Pradesh, enjoys the confidence of the party's top brass and is trusted by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh - the BJP’s ideological parent - and enjoys a clean reputation. He was the health minister in the first Narendra Modi government.