New Delhi: Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah is expected to hold a meeting on Thursday, reportedly to discuss the change in guard for the party.

All office bearers, state in-charges and co-charges, general secretaries, state presidents among others will be present at the BJP meet today.

The meeting will be held to start the process of state Assembly elections which are due soon. The question doing the rounds is whether Amit Shah will demit office and hand over charge to one of two hopefuls – J.P. Nadda or Bhupendra Yadav.

Sources have indicated that there is every possibility that Amit Shah will continue as President till December this year to oversee important state elections in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand where BJP is the incumbent. There is also a possibility of J&K currently under President’s Rule going to the polls in the interim as well.

“By October-November, the organisational polls will possibly be over. Until then, I think Amit ji will continue (as party chief),” said an office-bearer at the party headquarters.

Amit Shah’s three-year term as BJP chief ended earlier this year, but he was asked to continue till the completion of the national hustings. BJP members will also be electing new state presidents for Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — two states the party did much better than expected in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP will also be kicking off its membership drive soon. Amit Shah has called a meeting of BJP general secretaries for this purpose on June 18. Each BJP general secretary will be given specific tasks for the membership drive.

 

With IANS inputs