BJP amends its constitution to empower Parliamentary Board to take decision on its president

The BJP’s national convention on Sunday amended the party’s constitution, allowing its apex organisational body — the Parliamentary Board — to take a decision related to its president, including his or her term and its extension, in “emergency” situations.

A proposal to this effect was brought by the party’s general secretary Sunil Bansal.

The party president is generally elected through organisational polls after a few elections are carried out in at least 50 per cent of its state bodies. The state BJP organisation poll is also contingent upon elections in district bodies and so on.

Sources said when the party is busy preparing for assembly or Lok Sabha elections, it is hard to follow the laid down practice for the internal polls.

Incumbent president J P Nadda is currently on an extended tenure till June 30 in the view of Lok Sabha polls.

Though the party has not elaborated on the details and rationale behind the amendment, sources said it may have to do with the future appointments of its presidents.

The two-day convention, which ended on Sunday, also saw the passage of three resolutions.

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