Amit Shah re-elected as BJP president, party's old guard skips ceremony

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) elected Amit Shah as party president for the next three years on Sunday. His name has been proposed by some 20 leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016, 00:23 AM IST
Amit Shah re-elected as BJP president, party's old guard skips ceremony

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) elected Amit Shah as party president for the next three years on Sunday. His name has been proposed by some 20 leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The election process was mere a formality as it was very clear from the beginning that 51-year-old Shah will be elected unapposed. Party's top leaders including, PM Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh were present during the process at party office in New Delhi. 

Soon after the announcement of Shah's election for the party's top post, there were celebrations in the party head office as well as other cities. 

Party's old guards like LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Yashwant Sinha were conspicuous with their absence at the part headquarters. 

Shah's current term ended on Saturday and the new term will be his first full-term lasting three years. 

Seen as a close confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi , Shah was put at the helm midway during his predecessor Rajnath Singh 's tenure after Singh joined the government in May 2014.