Jagat Prakash Nadda has become the president of India’s dominant political party- The Bharatiya Janata Party. He has replaced aggressive and powerful Amit Shah, whereas JP Nadda himself is soft-spoken and media-shy. Nadda embarked on his political journey when he became associated with ABVP- a student wing of RSS. A law graduate from Himachal Pradesh was also the president of Akhi Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Jagat Prakash Nadda is widely regarded for his organizational skills. His skills will be immediately put to test when the party will face the upcoming Delhi and Bihar elections. The future election battles would provide a clue if JP Nadda is able to ‘organize’ BJP by breaking the losing streak.
Jagat Prakash Nadda has worked on various leadership positions in ABVP till 1993. He contested and won his first election in Himachal Pradesh when he was 33 years old. Later, he continued to win in the Bilaspur constituency in 1998 and 2007. He was a minister in Himachal Pradesh for BJP’s two governments. The incumbent BJP president came to limelight at the national level, when the then BJP President Mr. Nitin Gadkari helped him getting elected as a Rajya Sabha MP in 2012.
In the first term of Modi Government, Jagat Prakash Nadda was made the Minister of Health and Family Welfare. His term while holding this position was not remarkable enough. The only scheme that is remembered from his ministry is the Ayushman Yojana, for which the Prime Minister stole much of fame. BJP has often credited him for victories of Uttar Pradesh parliamentary elections of 2014 and 2019 being the election-in-charge. This was the time when Shah-Modi duo caught a glimpse of the current BJP President JP Nadda.
Nadda has a tainted record of covering corruption scams worth Rs. 7000 Crore at the AIIMS during his tenure of Health and Family Welfare minister in the Modi Government. Opposition parties had accused him of favoring AIIMS deputy director Vineet Chaudhary, who had closely worked with Nadda as an IAS officer in Himachal Pradesh.
Although Jagat Prakash Nadda has become a full-time BJP President, it is very unlikely that the party will give him the power and autonomy than Amit Shah has enjoyed. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah continue to take the major decisions within the party to date. Nadda’s skills will be utilized for the party’s election organization, however, BJP President will mostly implement the significant political decisions taken by Modi-Shah. Apart from all the power analysis, BJP faces a challenge of gaining momentum in the upcoming state elections. Whether it’s a victory or a defeat, Jagat Prakash Nadda will be at the forefront of any such outcome.