J. P. Nadda
Jagat Prakash Nadda
Nadda in 2018
28th Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
24 June 2024
DeputyNirmala Sitharaman
ChairpersonJagdeep Dhankhar
Preceded byPiyush Goyal
25th Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers
Assumed office
11 June 2024 (2024-06-11)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byMansukh Mandaviya
34th Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare
Assumed office
11 June 2024 (2024-06-11)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byMansukh L. Mandaviya
In office
9 November 2014 (2014-11-09) – 30 May 2019 (2019-05-30)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byHarsh Vardhan
Succeeded byHarsh Vardhan
11th President of the Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
20 January 2020 (2020-01-20)
Vice President Vasundhara Raje, Saudan Singh, Saroj Pandey, Baijayant Panda, D. K. Aruna, A. P. Abdullakutty, Rekha Verma, M. Chuba Ao, Laxmikant Bajpai, Lata Usendi, Tariq Mansoor, Anil Antony
Preceded byAmit Shah
Working President of the Bharatiya Janata Party
In office
17 June 2019 (2019-06-17) – 20 January 2020 (2020-01-20)
PresidentAmit Shah
Preceded byJana Krishnamurthy
Succeeded byvacant
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
2 April 2024 (2024-04-02)
Preceded byParshottam Rupala
ConstituencyGujarat
In office
3 April 2012 (2012-04-03) – 4 March 2024 (2024-03-04)
Preceded byViplove Thakur
Succeeded byHarsh Mahajan
ConstituencyHimachal Pradesh
Cabinet Minister
Government of Himachal Pradesh
In office
2007 (2007)–2012 (2012)
Governor
Chief MinisterPrem Kumar Dhumal
MinistryForest, Environment, Science and Technology
In office
1998 (1998)–2003 (2003)
Governor
Chief MinisterPrem Kumar Dhumal
MinistryHealth & Family Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs
Member of Legislative Assembly
Himachal Pradesh
In office
2007 (2007)–2012 (2012)
Preceded byTilak Raj Sharma
Succeeded byBumber Thakur
ConstituencyBilaspur
In office
1993 (1993)–2003 (2003)
Preceded bySada Ram Thakur
Succeeded byTilak Raj Sharma
ConstituencyBilaspur
Personal details
Born
Jagat Prakash Nadda

(1960-12-02) 2 December 1960 (age 63)
Patna, Bihar, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse
Mallika Banerjee
(m. 1991)
Children2
RelativesJayashree Banerjee (mother-in-law)
Alma mater
Websitejagatprakashnadda.in

Jagat Prakash "J. P." Nadda (born 2 December 1960) is an Indian lawyer and politician who is serving as the 34th Minister of Health, 25th Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers since 2024 and 11th President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2020 and the member of the Rajya Sabha representing Gujarat since 2024. A key decision maker of the BJP, he is a close aide to Narendra Modi.[1] He was the BJP's working president from 2019 to 2020.[2][3] Nadda was also the Minister of Health and Family Welfare in the first Modi ministry from 2014 to 2019 and Parliamentary Board Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party.[4] Nadda is the Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers in the third Modi ministry.[5]

Previously, he was an MLA from Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh from 2007 to 2012 and from 1993 to 2003 and Minister of Forest, Environment, Science, and Technology from 2007 to 2012 and the Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs from 1998 to 2003 in the Himachal Pradesh Government.[6]

Personal life

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Nadda was born on 2 December 1960 in Patna, Bihar in the family of Narain Lall Nadda and Krishna Nadda, with roots in Himachal Pradesh.[7][8][9] He belongs to Brahmin community.[10][11] He has a brother named Jagat Bhushan Nadda.[12]

Nadda was educated at St. Xavier's School, Patna. Thereafter he did his B.A. from Patna College, Patna University and LL.B. from Faculty of Law, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. As a child, he represented Bihar in the All India Junior Swimming Championship held at Delhi.

Nadda married Mallika Nadda (née Banerjee) on 11 December 1991, with whom he has two sons.[9] His mother-in-law Jayashree Banerjee was elected to Lok Sabha in 1999.[13][14]

Political career

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Nadda as the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, addressing the UNGA High Level Meeting on HIV-AIDS, in New York on 8 June 2016

Early electoral politics

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Nadda was first elected to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in the election of 1993 from Bilaspur. He was re-elected in 1998.

During his first term, he served as the Leader of his party group in the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, from 1994 to 1998. He was the Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs in First Dhumal ministry.[15] Nadda lost his seat in the 2003 Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election.

Nadda was elected for another term in the 2007 elections. After Prem Kumar Dhumal formed a government, he inducted Nadda into his cabinet, as cabinet minister responsible for Forest, Environment, Science and Technology, from 2008 to 2010.[15]

Rise in national politics

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Nadda did not seek re-election to the Legislative Assembly in 2012, and instead got elected to Rajya Sabha, Indian Parliament's upper chamber from Himachal Pradesh.[15] In 2014, during a cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made Nadda, the Minister of Health.[16]

President of the Bharatiya Janata Party

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Nadda assuming charge as the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare

Nadda was appointed the national working president of the BJP in June 2019. On 20 January 2020, he was elected unanimously as the BJP National President, a role he took from Amit Shah.[17]

In January 2021 in Bardhaman, West Bengal, Nadda started a new scheme Ek Muthi Chaawal Yojana.[18] In September 2022 he got extension to be the party chief till 2024 Lok Sabha polls.[19]

On 4 March 2024, he resigned as member of Rajya Sabha from Himachal Pradesh.[20] He was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat[21] and took oath on 6 April 2024.[22]

References

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  1. ^ Dutta, Prabhash K. (20 January 2020). "JP Nadda gets full command of BJP in a journey that began with ABVP". India Today. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  2. ^ "JP Nadda elected as BJP national working president, Amit Shah to remain party chief". The Indian Express. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ "जेपी आंदोलन से सुर्खियों में आए थे जेपी नड्डा, बने विश्व की सबसे बड़ी पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष". Amar Ujala. 20 January 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Detailed Profile – Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda – Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) – Who's Who – Government: National Portal of India". india.gov.in. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  5. ^ "BJP President JP Nadda gets two ministries, Health and Fertilizers, in PM Modi's new cabinet". The Economic Times. 10 June 2024. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 10 June 2024.
  6. ^ "The Biography of Jagat Prakash (J P) Nadda". Bihar Prabha. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Jagat Prakash Nadda, President of the Bharatiya Janta Party". jagatprakashnadda.in. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  8. ^ Taneja, Nidhi (20 January 2020). "JP Nadda: Born in Bihar but Himachali by origin, BJP's new president has a challenge in hand". India TV News. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Detailed Profile: Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda". India.gov.in. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Biography". Jagat Prakash Nadda Official Website. Retrieved 2 July 2024. He was born on 2nd December, 1960 in a Brahmin family to Dr. Narain Lall Nadda and Shrimati Krishna Nadda.
  11. ^ "Silent strategist JP Nadda rises to the helm in BJP, succeeds Amit Shah". Hindustan Times. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2024. Belonging to a Brahmin family from Himachal Pradesh, ....
  12. ^ "Jagat Prakash Nadda all set to head BJP". Free Press Journal. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  13. ^ Arnimesh, Shanker (20 January 2020). "Himachal setbacks to Delhi rise — how Modi-Shah favourite JP Nadda became BJP chief". ThePrint. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Jagat Prakash Nadda Biography". BJPHaryana.org.
  15. ^ a b c "Jagat Prakash Nadda Biography – About family, political life, awards won, history". www.elections.in. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  16. ^ Vincent, Pheroze L. (9 November 2014). "21 new Ministers inducted into Modi Cabinet". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  17. ^ Hebbar, Nistula (20 January 2020). "Who is JP Nadda, the new BJP national president?". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  18. ^ "BJP launches big farmer push in Bengal with Nadda's 'Ek Mutthi Chawal Sangrah'". Tribune. 9 January 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  19. ^ Mishra, Himanshu (26 September 2022). "No election for BJP national president, JP Nadda to continue as party chief till 2024 Lok Sabha polls". India Today. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  20. ^ "BJP chief JP Nadda resigns as Rajya Sabha member from Himachal". The Times of India. 4 March 2024. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 4 March 2024.
  21. ^ Kumar, Sharat; Doshi, Brijesh (20 February 2024). "Sonia Gandhi, BJP's JP Nadda elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha". India Today. Retrieved 12 April 2024.
  22. ^ "J.P. Nadda, others take oath as Rajya Sabha members". The Hindu. PTI. 6 April 2024. Retrieved 12 April 2024.
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Government offices Preceded byHarsh Vardhan Minister of Health and Family Welfare 9 November 2014 – 30 May 2019 Succeeded byHarsh Vardhan Preceded byMansukh Mandaviya Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers 10 June 2024 – present Succeeded by Party political offices Preceded byAmit Shah President of Bharatiya Janata Party 20 January 2020 – present Incumbent