Rise of down-to-earth JP Nadda
In the contemporary Indian political milieu, when many parties remain just private limited party, while some other parties revolve around one or two families, the Bharatiya Janata Party remains rooted in its moorings and ethos as a party that brings a new leadership every time, every time a new personality comes forward to take charge of the party. In line with its practice, on January 20, 2020, the Bharatiya Janata Party once again entrusted its command to one of its workers and he is Jagat Prakash Nadda. Naddaji was born on December 02, 1960, in Patna (Bihar). He did his schooling at St. Xavier’s School in Patna. He received his bachelor’s degree from Patna University. Then he went to his state and got his degree of law from Himachal University there. During this time, he became very active in the activities
of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. Through this, he came close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. But taking charge of the party that has been stewarded
by celebrities like Atal Behari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah, it is as much a matter of pride as it brings a sense of responsibility. Actually, the skill of taking everyone in the organisation together took Naddaji to the top of the organisation. Perhaps this is the basic skill that took Naddaji to the post of BJP president. For, the person sitting on this post is expected to act as a bridge between the Sangh and the BJP, who can bring in coordination between the two organisations. Known to be soft-spoken, Nadaji blends easily with small and big. He listens to everyone and does what is in the interest of the country and the party. He stays away from magniloquence and ostentation. He is satisfied with working behind the scene.
As far as party work is concerned, he does not tolerate any laxity or carelessness in accomplishing the goal and achieving the objective.
Naddaji has become president of BJP, but he faces many challenges. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are the states having scanty presence of BJP’s political influence. Against this backdrop, it is apt to say that Naddaji has to show his organisational ability by spreading party’s base in states where it has not done well till date. Just before he took office, the Bharatiya Janata Party was out of power in one of its important states, Jharkhand. Assembly elections are being held in Delhi when he took charge of the party. The party won all the seven seats in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi. Hence, his task is cut out for bringing the party in power in Delhi. In Haryana, the party could form the government only by margins, whereas in Maharashtra, its own ally Shiv Sena gave up the alliance with BJP, and despite being the largest party in the state, the party is out of the power. While there will be pressure on Naddaji to register victory in Delhi, there is a challenge to address the grievances of the disenchanted party activists. At the same time, when Naddaji became president, there are protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the country. The entire opposition is united against the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Muslim society is on the streets against the BJP over CAA. Therefore, it is the huge responsibility of Naddaji to make people aware of the true content of the Citizenship Amendment Act.
By Deepak Kumar Rath