Amit Shah likely to remain at helm of BJP till December

Amit Shah likely to remain at helm of BJP till December
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New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah will chair a meeting with chiefs and general secretaries of the party's state units on Thursday to finalise the details, including schedule, of its organisational polls that may lead to the election of his successor.

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.

A party leader said it may take several months before the organisational polls are over, and Shah- now home minister in the Modi government- may continue as its president till then.

Party sources said the meeting will decide on the schedule for organisational elections in its units, from both-level upwards, and membership drive, a customary exercise during the internal polls.
A new party president can be elected only after the process is over, he said, adding that it may stretch till October-November.

The party's parliamentary board, its apex decision making body, can appoint a new president during this period, the leader added, noting that it will mostly depend on how Shah will like the exercise to continue.

The BJP's national office bearers will join the meeting on Thursday with state leaders.

A meeting of Shah with general secretaries (organisation) of states is also scheduled for Friday.

After the party chief, general secretary in charge of organisation is the second most crucial position in the BJP, be it at the state or the national level.

Shah, whose three-year term as BJP chief had ended earlier this year, was asked to continue in the position as the party had put on hold organisational elections to focus on Lok Sabha polls.

With the party notching up an unprecedented victory in the general election, bagging 303 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha, Shah has moved on to preparing the organisation for assembly polls in three states and laying the groundwork for its internal elections.

He had on June 9 held separate meetings with core groups of party units in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana to deliberate on the BJP's strategy in these assembly poll-bound states.

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.

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.

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