New Delhi: Rajnath Singh was on Wednesday unanimously elected the new president of Bharatiya Janata Party, succeeding Nitin Gadkari who decided against a second term till he was cleared of alleged corruption charges.
A resolution supporting Rajnath Singh as party chief was unanimously adopted by the parliamentary board of the party, after which he filed his nomination papers.
The returning officer announced that 17 other nominations were also filed in Rajnath Singh's favour.
Rajnath Singh and incumbent Nitin Gadkari arrived at the party office in the same car for a meeting of the party's parliamentary board, after which he filed his nomination.
Earlier, Rajnath Singh met party leader L.K. Advani.
Rajnath Singh was chosen for the BJP president's post after several senior leaders objected over giving a second term to Gadkari, who is facing corruption charges.
Gadkari also made an announcement Tuesday evening saying he will not seek a second term as he wanted his name cleared of the corruption charges.
The BJP president has traditionally been elected unopposed.
Rajnath's Singh's name emerged after a series of meetings involving party leaders Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Ram Lal and Ananth Kumar.
BJP will gain from Rajnath Singh: Narendra Modi
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated BJP leader Rajnath Singh who is set to become party president, and said the party would "gain from this" move.
"I called up Shri Rajnath Singh ji and congratulated him. He brings with him vast experience of both organisation and administration," Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"Rajnath Singh ji served as agriculture minister in Atal ji's government (AB Vajpayee). He has always been associated with the farmers. BJP will gain from this," he said.
In dramatic developments on Tuesday, incumbent BJP president Nitin Gadkari announced that he would not seek a second term. Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Rajnath Singh emerged as Gadkari's likely successor.
Rajnath Singh's name emerged after a series of meetings involving party leaders Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Ram Lal and Ananth Kumar.