EXCLUSIVE: New BJP president is…

NEW DELHI: If BJP organisational architect Amit Shah joins the Cabinet, the decks are being cleared for the baton to be handed over to Health Minister J.P. Nadda as the new President.

Nadda is expected to work closely with Shah even if the latter demits office, for the election whirligig simply doesn’t end.

Once the Union Budget is out of the way on July 10 (in all probability), then sometime in September this year, three states will go to the polls — Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana.

Nadda will then oversee the election campaign strategy. Thereafter there is a possibility of polls in Jammu and Kashmir and even a highly wobbly Karnataka where the coalition appears to be skating on thin ice. Early next year, the battle for Delhi will gain precedence over everything else.

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Fifty-nine-year-old Nadda is a Rajya Sabha member who keeps a low profile but is also parliamentary board secretary of the BJP. Nadda is known as a master strategist in his party. The party had given him charge of Uttar Pradesh in the recently concluded hustings. The party bagged 62 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats. Apna Dal bagged two against a caste calculus driven combine of BSP and SP.