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Who can replace Amit Shah as BJP president if he gets a Cabinet berth?

BJP circles feel Shah will be asked to move to the government as part of the plan to push for speedy implementation of Modi's ambitious agenda for his second term

BS Web Team 

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

With Narendra Modi-led (BJP) returning to power by winning 303 seats in Lok Sabha elections 2019, speculation is rife that will join the next Modi cabinet. The party's chief strategist was fielded from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat and won by a margin of over 300,000 votes.

Party circles feel Shah will be asked to move to the government as part of the plan to push for speedy implementation of Modi’s ambitious agenda for his second term, and is sure to get a crucial portfolio. Sources said he might get the finance ministry in case Arun Jaitley decides to take a break for health reasons. If rumours are to be relied upon and Shah quits his post as president, who would be next in line to fill in his shoes?

According to a report published in Times of India, names of union ministers for health and petroleum, Jagat P Nadda and are doing rounds.

National General Secretary and a Rajya Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh, is known as a master strategist in his party. The party had given charge of Uttar Pradesh to Union Health Minister in the crucial General elections. The party bagged 62 out 80 Lok Sabha seats.

Meanwhile, has proven his organizational skills in Bihar Lok Sabha elections 2014 and this time in Odisha. BJP’s vote share in the Lok Sabha polls in Odisha rose from about 21.9 per cent in 2014 to 38.37 per cent while the ruling BJD’s fell from 44.1 per cent in 2014 to 42.76 per cent. BJP’s vote share in Odisha’s Assembly polls also rose significantly from 18.2 per cent in 2014 to 32.5% in 2019.

An RSS member since his student days and a close confidante of both Modi and Shah, Pradhan is expected to play a bigger role in

First Published: Tue, May 28 2019. 11:59 IST
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