The national executive of the BJP will meet in Delhi for two days on January 16-17 and is likely to endorse an extension in its national president JP Nadda’s tenure, according to party sources on Tuesday.
The key organisational body of the party will deliberate on its strategy for the upcoming state assembly elections and take stock of its preparations for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls as well, sources said.
BJP top brass, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior leaders from across the country, are part of the national executive.
There is a strong possibility that JP Nadda, whose three-year term as the party president ends later this month, may get the extension as party chief in view of the coming elections, the party sources said.
Amid talks by some opposition parties to forge a larger unity against the BJP and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spearheading ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ against the ruling party’s alleged ‘hate and division’ agenda, the national executive may come out with a strong response against these attempts in its meeting.
A resolution is also likely to be adopted at the meeting that will articulate the BJP’s views on developments in the opposition camp, party sources said.
The deliberation on countrywide programmes planned by the government to mark India’s presidency of G-20 is likely to be one of the highlights of the meeting, with the BJP set to laud Prime Minister Modi’s efforts in this regard and prepare a road map to involve its cadres in the exercise, sources said.
The party’s performance in recently held assembly polls and the functioning of the BJP’s government at the Centre could also come up for discussion in the meeting, they added.
Postponement of the organisational polls in view of the assembly elections and the all-important Lok Sabha polls in 2024, may also come up for discussion at the meeting. According to sources, the process of internal polls in the party may begin after the Lok Sabha polls are over in April-May 2024.
JP Nadda’s predecessor and Home Minister Amit Shah had also got an extension to spearhead the party’s preparation for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
It was only after the parliamentary elections, the BJP’s organisational polls were held and JP Nadda was elected unopposed with Mr Shah joining the Union Cabinet during Narendra Modi’s second stint as prime minister.
JP Nadda, a seasoned organisational man, also shares warm ties with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leadership and enjoys PM Modi’s confidence.
Many party leaders feel that he has maintained the organisational momentum and dynamism that the BJP was infused with under his predecessor.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
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