Is JP Nadda a care-taker or a decision-maker?

Finally, Jagat Prakash Nadda has relinquished the title of 'working' that accompanied him for the past eight months after the rein and the helm of India's biggest political party was passed to him as his political growth has been geared up to the next level after he has been elected unopposed as the party's new National President- although it was highly speculated, the power transition has come at the crucial time for the party which is in the nets of controversies and coming through the wrangling developments. He inevitably has much more lying in his path and the grounds of the Hindutva party have been eyeing on how he would address the prevailing challenges of the party at the national stage. Will he stay under the shadow of Modi-Shah duo?

JP Nadda is one of the leaders, who is neither known for the party compared to his predecessors nor across the country.  Before 2012, he mostly stayed inside the territory of Himachal Pradesh and he certainly was not in the picture of New Delhi until Modi's uprise during 2014 Lok Sabha polls and after Modi had swept the elections with the huge mandate, Nadda was inducted to the Modi's cabinet as Union Health Minister and during his half-a-decade tenure, Nadda had the least space to show up unlike the other top ministries and when we recall his tenure, his announcement of implementing Ayushman Bharat Yojana, an insurance policy for poor, could be the only major announcement of his ministry.

     JP Nadda, the new National President of BJP


59-year-old Nadda, a Himachali by origin, was born in Patna, Bihar where he graduated his bachelor's degree during which he engaged himself with the BJP's student wing -Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and he moved to Himachal Pradesh where he did his LLB and the state of his origin had originated his political career as he was first elected to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative in 1993 and again re-elected in 1998. Despite having been elected as the people's representative, he also served as the party's representative where he was put as the leader of BJP in the Himachal Pradesh state assembly from 1994 to 1998.

While pursuing his law in Himachal Pradesh University, he chaired the students' union of the varsity after he defeated the Students Federation of India, the student organization of Marxist Communist party, for the first time in 1984. He was just 33-year-old when he first elected to the Himachal Pradesh State Assembly from the Bilaspur constituency and this was the constituency that sent him to the assembly thrice - 1993, 1998, and 2007. He served as the state cabinet minister in 1998 and 2007 and his development in the state had speculated the possibilities of becoming the main contender of then Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal but in 2010, he stepped down as minister after disputing with the Chief Minister.

JP Nadda after taking charge as the party's national president. Seated on his left is Union Home Minister Amit Shah


Although being the important figure in the Chief Ministerial race, Nadda stayed off from contesting in 2012 legislative elections but rather serving the state assembly, he was elected to Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament and that was the starting period when Nadda had limelight from the national stage and during his tenure of Rajya Sabha MP, he was part of the committees on Culture, Tourism, and Transport and during 2014 campaign trail, he was one of the important leaders who enhanced the strongholds and victories from India's biggest state Uttar Pradesh after which he got the unblemished record in Modi's camp and he had presented with the place at Modi's first cabinet. He was appointed as the Union Health Minister in 2014 and he successfully ended his five years tenure.

JP Nadda had concluded his term of office as one of the Union Ministers and he was not predicted to captain the BJP's ship after Chankyaa of Indian Politics Amit Shah was inducted to the powerful post in Modi's second-term cabinet. After Modi retained the power in 2019, then party's president and long-time Modi's ally Amit Shah became India's Home Minister and Nadda's name was picked up to replace him in party with accord to BJP's 'one person, one post' resolution and although he was awarded the post in the party, his designation was prefixed as working president- the newly created post with the view of keeping Amit Shah in the helm as Shah exercised behind the screen powers while Nadda did it before the cameras.

Amit Shah greeting his successor JP Nadda after elected unopposed to the party's top post - Jan 20,2020


On January 20th, 2020, JP Nadda's name was overwhelmingly endorsed by the senior BJP leaders to the party's presidential post and since there is no competitor to whistle the race, Nadda has taken over the baton from Amit Shah after he was elected unopposed but his helm which will run for three years from now would certainly drive under the shadow of Modi- Shah duo as the duo will enjoy the ride pedaled by Nadda as the new transition would be gearing up for the legislative elections in Delhi and Bihar, both of which the party needs to flag its victory to remedy itself from the debacles in Maharashtra and Jharkhand.

(L-R) Prime Minister Modi, BJP President Nadda, and Home Minister Amit Shah - File photo


During his tenure as the Union Health Minister, Nadda was accused of earthing most of the scams worth Rs 7,000 crore in AIIMS and it failed to attain further developments and it seemingly wasn't barricaded his elevation in the party as the recent promotion holds testament. As predicted, the throne was transferred to JP Nadda and he will hold it for the next three years until the party prepares for the next parliamentary elections and he is now ought to shield the party from the arrow of accusations from the other side of the aisle on rolling out its Hindutva propaganda including the recent one - the Citizenship Amendment Act and by having aberrant developments and political heatwaves, he would largely travel under the shadow of Modi and Amit Shah.