Amit Shah was today re-elected as the BJP President. He is all set to start a new term as party chief.
Shah’s current term ended Saturday and the new term will be his first full-term lasting three years. His election is virtually a formality, party sources said.
Shah’s name has been proposed by some 20 leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Seen as a close confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah was put at the helm midway during his predecessor Rajnath Singh’s tenure after Singh joined the government in May 2014.
Almost all BJP chief ministers, besides a number of union ministers, were in attendance when Shah filed his nomination papers.
Under Shah’s stewardship, BJP scaled new heights by coming to power in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir but the quite a bit of the sheen was taken off by its massive back-to-back defeats in Delhi and Bihar assembly elections, triggering some rumblings in the party.
However, party sources have insisted that his “energetic and focused” leadership has strengthened the organisation by pushing its membership across the country and expanding its reach in Assam, Kerala and West Bengal where BJP had never been a force to reckon with.
The party president’s election in BJP is normally unopposed. Last time, senior party leader Yashwant Sinha had expressed his willingness to contest but later decided against it.