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The rise of JP Nadda from a student leader to the BJP's working president
Now he will have to be the quintessential organisational man to impress his mentors - the RSS, Modi and Shah

   It has been a long, arduous journey for grassroots Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker and former students' leader, 59 year-old Jagat Prakash Nadda who has been appointed the working president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is a symbol of dynamism, perseverance, sobriety and maturity.
Nadda's ascent from a students' leader to the working president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), at a time when the party has flourished in a majority of the states and has decimated the Opposition in the recent parliamentary polls, makes it special and significant as it will likely take him to the top slot in December this year.
Keeping in mind the forthcoming assembly polls in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, the parliamentary board has retained Amit Shah as the party chief. This will help Nadda stabilise his position under the guidance of both Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
At this time, one can't help but recall Nadda's forceful exit from state politics in May 2010 due to his differences with former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal after being a Cabinet minister twice in the BJP government. This turned into a blessing in disguise because it gave him a golden opportunity to work in the organisation. He was then appointed as the general secretary by former BJP chief, Nitin Gadkari.
Nadda credited his success to God and was particularly grateful to Modi and Shah for having expressed their faith in his capabilities to carry on the legacy of master strategist, Shah. He believes that it will be an uphill task to come close to standards set by Shah.
This unflinching faith that Nadda had in Modi and Shah was seen a year and a half ago during lobbying of probable candidates for the post of Himachal Pradesh's chief minister following the unexpected defeat of Dhumal from the Sujanpur assembly seat. Dhumal had been declared the CM candidate by Shah during campaigning. At that time, Nadda was termed as a front-runner for the post by the press (which can often be wrong). The final choice was Jai Ram Thakur, termed by critics as the accidental CM. Nadda's reaction of being unaffected by this choice reaffirmed the party leadership's faith in him.
Analysts firmly believe the notion of Modi and Shah to strategise much in advance. This is evident in the announcement made by the party president in a 2019 Lok Sabha election rally in Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh about the possibility of giving greater responsibility to Anurag Thakur if electorates ensured his victory. This categorical assurance surprised many as no one seemed to be sure of a Modi wave at the time. But political observers believe that it was clear proof of secret planning by Modi and Shah to induct Anurag Thakur in the Cabinet while also carving out a big space for Nadda in the organisation.



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