Nadda was formally elected unopposed as the BJP president on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Jagat Prakash Nadda as he took over as the new president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday. At a felicitation ceremony for Nadda, PM Modi said he is a disciplined party worker.

“JP Nadda is an old friend. When I handled the party organisation, he was looking after the Yuva Morcha. We travelled together on scooter,” PM Modi said at the change of guard ceremony at BJP headquarters in New Delhi.

“I got the privilege to work for a long time in Himachal Pradesh – and to find a friend like Naddaji,” he added.

The Prime Minister also said that though Nadda belongs to Himachal Pradesh, Bihar should feel more proud because he cut his teeth in politics there as a student leader of the ABVP.

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