With Rajnath in govt, BJP likely to pick Nadda or Shah as party chief
While Nadda is the BJP general secretary, Shah was the former state home minister in Gujarat and the man behind a clean sweep in Uttar Pradesh leaving the SP and BSP to nowhere in the local politics.
Earlier, there were rumors that Nadda will be given the responsibility but now it seems that Shah is also a strong contender for the post. The reason is Modi wants Shah to remain in Delhi and become his eye and ear while running the government. Many political leaders feel that he was not included in the cabinet list, considering series of ‘allegations’ against him, which might have sent a wrong message to the people.
However, the fact is ‘Shah categorically told Modi ji that he does not want any cabinet post’. ‘In one of his meetings he said no to any cabinet post. He wants to engage himself in the party related activities,’ party sources said.
Nadda’s is emerging as a front-runner for the post of party president because of his close association with all the party leaders and especially the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). On the other side, Shah is close to Modi and his effort in making BJP’s firm base in UP could not be ruled out. He was the party’s UP in-charge during the Lok Sabha poll.
Nadda, is Rajya Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh. He started his political career as a student leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), allied to the BJP, in 1978. In the parliamentary election, Nadda played an important role in his home state Himachal Pradesh to win all the four seats even though the Congress government was at the helm.
In the previous BJP government (2007-2012) in the state, Nadda was forced to resign as forest minister in 2010 owing to differences between him and then chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. He was then picked by Nitin Gadkari in his new team. Later he was made party’s national general secretary and also in-charge in Chhattisgarh.
It is expected that soon the party will make an official announcement over their next party chief.