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A swimming champion and a lawyer; unknown facts about BJP’s probable new President JP Nadda

A swimming champion and a lawyer; unknown facts about BJP’s probable new President JP Nadda
JP Nadda (file image)

Jagat Prakash Nadda is all set to be elected as the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He has been the working-president of the party since June 2019 but is now all set to take over the coveted post officially.

He will have a daunting task before him as the party is losing most state elections since November 2018. With the Delhi state elections round the corner, J P Nadda has the onerous task of ensuring that BJP can win here. This applies for other states that are yet to come in the fray.

The party recorded a massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 and he has the baton in his hand now.

Here is a brief background:

He graduated from the Patna University before securing a law degree from the Himachal Pradesh University.

He represented the state of Bihar in the National Swimming championship.

He has been actively involved in student politics. He joined the ABVP and was even imprisoned during the National Emergency imposed during 1975.

He was elected to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1993. He was re-elected in the year 1998. During his second term, he served as the Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs.

He was re-elected to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly once again in 2007. He was inducted into the cabinet of Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in 2008 as Cabinet Minister for Environment, Forests and Science and Technology. He served till 2010.

In 2010, he was made the General Secretary of the party by the then President Nitin Gadkari.

In 2012, he did not seek another term at the Assembly as he got chosen to represent the state in the Rajya Sabha.

In 2014, he served as the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in the Narendra Modi cabinet.

In 2019, he was responsible for ensuring BJP’s success in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The party won over 50/80 seats.

He is married to Mallika Nadda and they have two sons.

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