Jagat Prakash Nadda aged 58, was on Monday, June 17 appointed as Bharatiya Janata Party’s Working President, home minister Amit Shah would continue to be the party president.
Addressing the media after the party’s parliamentary board meeting at the BJP headquarters here, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: “At the meeting today, Amit Shah said that he was unable to give enough time to the party as he was also in-charge of the Union Home Ministry. So it was decided that the party President’s post should be given to some other person.”
“But the board members urged Shah to continue as President till the BJP’s membership drive and elections get over,” Singh said.
Born on December 2, 1960, Nadda completed his graduation from Patna and went on to get a postgraduate degree in political science and an from the Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla. He also did a degree in LLB.
Nadda kick-started his political career in 1978 as a student leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
In an earlier BJP government in Himachal Pradesh, Nadda was asked to resign as Forest Minister in 2010 after differences between him and the then chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal arose.
Rush to 2010, Nadda was appointed the party General Secretary.
In 1993, Nadda won his first Assembly election from Bilaspur in Himachal. In 1998, he went on to retain the seat and became the health minister of Himachal Pradesh.
Nadda did not seek re-election to the Legislative Assembly in 2012, and instead got elected to Rajya Sabha, Indian Parliament’s upper chamber. In 2014, during a cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made Nadda, the Minister of Health.