Shimla: Forest minister Jagat Prakash Nadda is set to quit the 2 year old Prem Kumar Dhumal minister after being picked up by BJP president Nitin Gadkari for his national team as national general secretary.
On his new appointment being announced by the party in Delhi, Nadda said, â€œAbiding by the partyâ€™s stance of having one man one post, I will resign as state minister on joining as general secretary of the party.â€
He said that he was humbled by the faith reposed in him and he would work towards expanding the party base along the roadmap laid out by the president.
Alluding to old guard Shanta Kumar being retained as party national vice-president and him being made general sectary, Nadda said, it was matter of pride for the state unit to find two important positions in the national level of the party.
Nadda, a third term MLA from Bilaspur assembly segment is forest minister and parliamentary minister in the Prem Kumar Dhumal ministry. He was also a minister in the 1998-2003 government of Prem Kumar Dhumal and was also leader of the opposition group in an earlier term.
Fifty year old Nadda and Gadkari have worked together as part of BJPâ€™s youth wing in the early 1990â€™s, when Nadda was president All India Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha from 1991 to 1994 and Gadkari was Yuva Morcha general secretary.