Amit Shah re-elected BJP president

New Delhi: Amit Shah was formally declared as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president for the second consecutive term.

The decision in this regard was announced at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and the Chief Ministers of the BJP-ruled states proposed Shah's name for the presidential candidature after he filed his nomination papers.

Amit Shah
Amit Shah. Pic/AFP

Senior BJP leaders earlier in the day lauded Shah's political acumen while expressing confidence that the party would scale new heights under his steward leadership.

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar congratulated Shah for his second term as the party president and said that the latter's enthusiasm is required in order to carry on and to communicate the good governance and achievements of the NDA government.

"This is second term for Amit Bhai Shah. We all congratulate him. He has led us with enthusiasm and energy. He has made the BJP as the number one party in the entire world. The energy and enthusiasm of Amit Shah is required in order to carry on and to communicate the good governance and achievements of the NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi," said Kumar.

Union Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad echoed similar sentiments and said that the party will scale new heights under his extraordinary leadership.

"We all are very happy that Amit Shah ji is going to be nominated to become party president again. Under his extraordinary leadership, the BJP which has become biggest party of the world, will scale new heights," he said.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal also praised Shah and said his contribution in the development of the party will provide inspiration to all.

"I got the luck to work along with Amit Shah. I have watched his work especially his miraculous work in Uttar Pradesh. His leadership of the party is very inspirational for all of us. He had done the extraordinary work of maintaining the balance among the party workers throughout the country. I am very confident that the party will continue to grow under his leadership," he said.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh also said under Shah's leadership, the organisation also witnessed its visibility in those states and in those areas where it could never have been imagined like Jammu and Kashmir and north east.

"I think during the last few years that Amit Bhai Shah has become the president of the BJP, these have been some of the best times for the organisation. It was the time when party grew at such a fast pace that it became the largest party of the world," he said.

"The organisation also witnessed its visibility in those states and in those areas where it could never have been imagined like Jammu and Kashmir and north east. This has been possible because of the focused approach and the hard work put in by the leadership of Amit Shah, in combination of the charisma of Narendra Modi," he added.

Shah's current tenure ended on Saturday and the new term would be his first full-term lasting three years. At present, he was completing the remaining tenure of former party president Rajnath Singh, who had demitted the post after joining the Union Cabinet as Home Minister in May 2014.

Under Shah's leadership, the BJP scaled new heights by coming to power in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir. However, the party had to face defeats in Delhi and Bihar assembly elections, triggering some rumblings in the BJP.

Celebrations broke out at the BJP office today long before Shah's re-election as party president.

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