Nitin Gadkari takes over as BJP President

Nitin Gadkari, a 52-year old businessman-turned-politician was appointed as the youngest president of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday, marking a generational change in the party’s hierarchy.

The party on Friday began the process of passing on the baton to the younger generation. It first replaced its opposition leader in the Lok Sabha LK Advani and later, party president Rajnath Singh also decided to step down.

Gadkari was elected the party chief in a meeting of a 10-member BJP Parliamentary Board, as Singh declared him his successor, describing him as “an able, capable and skilled political activist”.

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