Amit Shah likely to remain President till Dec

BJP President and now Home Minister Amit Shah has called a
meeting of the party’s national office-bearers at 11 am here on Thursday. All
BJP organisational heavy hitters including state presidents, organisation
mantris and state in-charges have been invited for the meeting.

The objective of the meeting is believed to be the election
of new party post holders within the BJP. The meeting will be held to start the
process of organisational elections which are due soon. The question doing the
rounds is whether Amit Shah will demit office and hand over charge to one of
two hopefuls – J.P. Nadda or Bhupendra Yadav.

Sources have indicated that there is every possibility that
Amit Shah will continue as President till December this year to oversee
important state elections in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand where BJP is
the incumbent. There is also a possibility of J&K currently under
President’s Rule going to the polls in the interim as well.

“By October-November, the organisational polls will
possibly be over. Until then, I think Amit ji will continue (as party
chief),” said an office-bearer at the party headquarters.

Amit Shah’s three-year term as BJP chief ended earlier this
year, but he was asked to continue till the completion of the national
hustings. BJP members will also be electing new state presidents for Uttar
Pradesh and Bihar — two states the party did much better than expected in the
recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

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Since the juggernaut doesn’t sleep, concurrently with
elections to key posts, the BJP will also be kicking off its membership drive
soon. Amit Shah has called a meeting of BJP general secretaries for this
purpose on June 18. Each BJP general secretary will be given specific tasks for
the membership drive.

-GK

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