Rajnath Singh files nomination for BJP president post

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 07:00 hrs

Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh today filed his nomination papers for the president post after incumbent Nitin Gadkari resigned as the head of the organisation.

Singh on Wednesday arrived along with senior leaders including Gadkari, L.K. Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and Ramlal to file his nomination papers.

The BJP parliamentary board, which met on Wednesday morning, endorsed election of Singh as the new president of the party. The board also appreciated growth of the party under Gadkari's leadership.

The returning officer of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Thawar Chand Gehlot, briefed the mediapersons about the election process.

"From 10 am to 11.30 am, nomination papers will be filed. From 11.30 to 12 pm nomination papers will be examined. From 12 pm to 12.30 pm is the time for the withdrawal of the nominations. If there is only one name then by 12.30 pm we will announce the candidate as elected unopposed. In case there is more than one candidate contesting then we will announce the date of the election later on," said Gehlot.

In a day of dramatic developments capped by Gadkari's announcement, Rajnath Singh emerged as the frontrunner in the BJP presidential poll battle.

The chief of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nitin Gadkari, resigned from his post on Tuesday (January 22) and ruled out seeking a second term in office.

Gadkari, who was billed for re-election as party chief, has been in the eye of a storm after media reports said that the income tax department had raided the offices of his Purti group of companies.

The President of Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Vijender Gupta exuded confidence in Rajnath Singh's leadership.

"The party is united and is standing with full confidence. Rajnath Singh will today file his nomination and if there is no other contestant then he would be announced as President. Singh is a leader of the people and he directly interacts with the workers of the party. I think that his experience as the president of the party in the past will prove beneficial for the organization," said Gupta.

Rajnath Singh met party senior LK Advani this morning, before heading to the BJP headquarters, to attend a party parliamentary board meeting and file his nomination papers around noon.

Singh arrived at the BJP headquarters with Nitin Gadkari, the outgoing president.

Chief Ministers Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Rajnath Singh. (ANI)

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