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BJP set to formally ratify Amit Shah's appointment as party chief

Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 10:26pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

 Top BJP leaders of the country will converge in the national capital on August 9 to ratify the appointment of Amit Shah as the party President. The BJP national council comprising 2000 members will meet at Delhi on Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday. After his ratification of his appointment, Shah will form his new team that will lead the party henceforth.

Sources say the new team will include a number of young leaders in the team and the party will focus on strengthening the bond with the voters and prepare for the upcoming assembly elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top BJP leaders from all over the country will be present. The National Council meeting has been kept in Delhi in view of the ongoing Parliament Session.

Shah had taken over as BJP chief on July 9 after Rajnath Singh resigned from the post, soon after his joining the Narendra Modi cabinet. Though BJP's parliamentary board, the highest decision- making forum of the party, approved the appointment of Shah, the move has to be ratified by the party's National Council, as per the party's constitution. Shah scripted BJP's stunning victory in key state Uttar Pradesh in Lok Sabha elections that helped BJP get an absolute majority of its own and was rewarded with party chief's post. 50-year-old Shah, the closest aide of PM Modi, was unanimously appointed to the top party post in BJP at its parliamentary board meeting on July 9. 

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