DELHI: Forty nine year, BJP general secretary, Amit Shah was rewarded for his work in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections as he led his party to win unprecedented 71 out of the 80 seats. The BJP’s highest decision making body Parliamentary Board on Wednesday unanimously elected him as the new party president.
Shah will replace Rajnath Singh who had joined as home minister in the NDA government. Singh tendered his resignation during the parliamentary board meeting convened by him. He proposed Shah’s name which was endorsed by all the members present. Within minutes, the entire parliamentary board members including PM Modi, LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, MM Joshi, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari presented Shah to the media and felicitated the new party chief.
Amit Bhai started his journey as an ordinary Karyakarta & has repeatedly proven himself through tireless hardwork & determination.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 9, 2014
Known as close confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah will be the 13 party chief since the party was formed in 1980.
My good wishes to Shri Amit Shah for his new innings. I'm confident that the BJP will continue moving forward in his stewardship.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) July 9, 2014
Congratulations to Shri Amit Shah on his elevation to the BJP President's post. He is known for his organisational and management skills.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) July 9, 2014
Immediate work before Shah would be to put together a new team of office bearers. Being a relative young party chief, Shah’s elevation marks the generational shift in the 33 years old party. With Amit Shah becoming the BJP chief, it will also strengthen Modi’s hold over the organisation. The single chain of command would ensure that Modi be able to put his action plan for the strengthening the organisation into action.