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Amit Shah set to begin 2nd innings as BJP president


Despite drawing flak from several quarters for poll debacles in Delhi and Bihar, incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president is tipped to be re-elected unopposed to the top post on Sunday. As per reports, nominations for the party national president will be filed between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on the same day.

Meanwhile, preparations for the election of party president are in full swing at the BJP headquarters at 11, Ashoka Road here. Almost all BJP-ruled state chief ministers, senior party leaders and union ministers are likely to join Shah during the filling of his papers. However, several posters congratulating Shah in anticipation of his unopposed election as the party president have been put up at several places.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hosted a dinner for Shah and his team on Saturday night. 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.

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