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With assembly elections due in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, the source said Shah had emerged the front-runner vis-a-vis colleagues such as J.P. Nadda and Om Prakash Mathur. Also Read - ‘Centre's Farm Bills Will Only Help Hoarders’: Mamata Says Will Take Steps For Interest of Farmers

Shah — if picked for the post — will succeed Rajnath Singh, now the home minister in the Modi government. Shah played a key role in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s landslide victory in the Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh where it won 71 of the 80 seats.