New Delhi, Softspoken Jagat Prakash Nadda on Monday elected unopposed as the 11th BJP president succeeding Mr Amit Shah.
After the expiry of the time for filing nomination, Mr Nadda was declared elected as the new party chief in presence of Mr Shah among othrs. Shah, who is now Union Home Minister, handed a bouquet of flowers to his successor.
Several BJP leaders including Mr Shah, Mr Rajnath Singh, Mr Nitin Gadkari earlier filed nomination in favour of Mr Nadda who was appointed working president of the party last year in June.
The candidature of amiable Mr Nadda is said to have clear approval of Mr Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Born on December 2, 1960 to Narain Lall Nadda and Krishna Nadda, Jagat Prakash was educated at St Xavier's School, Patna.
Thereafter he did his BA from Patna College, Patna University and LLB from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. BJP's presidents include founding fathers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and patriarch L K Advani, who has been the longest serving party chief for a period of 11 years spanning over three terms.
However, Mr Advani's last stint was marred by controversies and in 2005 he had to move out following much resentment in the saffron camp for his 'Jinnah was a secular leader' remark.
Rajnath Singh had succeeded Advani in December 2005 but his first stint was not successful as the party had failed to return to power at the Centre in 2009 polls.
However, in his second term from January 2013 till mid 2014, Mr Rajnath has to his credit for leading the party to major electoral win after having made Narendra Modi the party's prime ministerial face brushing aside objections from towering leaders such as Advani and 'reservation' by several others.
List of BJP's presidents include : Atal Bihari Vajpayee (first after formation of the party in 1980), L K Advani (three terms), Murli Manohor Joshi, Kushabhau Thakre, Bangaru Laxman (first Dalit BJP chief), Jana Krishnamurthi, M Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh (two terms), Nitin Gadkari and Amit Shah.