Nadda returns as Health Minister in Modi Cabinet

NEW DELHI, Jun 10 : After leading the BJP as its national president for more than four years, J P Nadda was on Monday allocated the portfolio of Union Health Ministry and Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, a day after he took oath as a cabinet minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government.

In the Modi 2.0, both the ministries were led by Mansukh Mandaviya.

Nadda had held the same portfolio in the Modi government’s first term before he took over as the BJP’s working president in 2019 and became the full-fledged party president in January 2020 after Amit Shah was appointed as the Union home minister.

Nadda’s term as the BJP president had ended in January. He was given a six-month extension to oversee the Lok Sabha 2024 elections. His term ends in June.

The 63-year old is the sole representative from Himachal Pradesh in the BJP-led government.

He served as the Union health minister in Modi government’s first term from November 9, 2014 to May 30, 2019.

Nadda, who holds a degree in law, started his political journey with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He became the president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the BJP’s youth wing, in 1991.

He held various key positions in the BJP, headed its election campaign in a host of states — from Bihar to Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab. He also served as a minister in BJP’s governments in his home state of Himachal Pradesh.

Nadda was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2012 and made a member of the BJP’s parliamentary board in 2014 when Amit Shah took over as the party president.

After the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Nadda was made the BJP’s working president. He was later elevated to the position of BJP president in January 2020 after Shah, the then BJP chief, was appointed as the Union home minister.

Nadda took over as the BJP chief at a time when the party was witnessing vigorous challenges from a united opposition in the assembly elections in several states amid signs that it needed to rework its electoral strategy.

Despite its overwhelming win in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP suffered several defeats in the assembly polls since 2018, except in Haryana where it formed a government in an alliance with the Jannayak Janta Party.

The BJP won new allies and strung up a series of impressive assembly wins on Nadda’s watch. During his term as the BJP chief, the party consolidated its strongholds and expanded its footprints despite some occasional setbacks.

With his term coming to an end in June, the low-key leader from Himachal Pradesh would have liked to demit office on the high of having achieved yet another impressive Lok Sabha polls win but the BJP’s victory in the just-concluded general elections came with reduced numbers.

The party fell short of a majority on its own as it won just 240 seats. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 293 seats, setting the course for a third consecutive term for Modi as the prime minister despite the opposition’s resurgence.

He enjoys warm relations with Modi, who was for a long time in charge of the party’s affairs in Himachal Pradesh.

Besides, Anupriya Patel of the Apna Dal (S) and Shiv Sena MP Prataprao Jadhav have been made the Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare.

Patel has also been made the Minister of State for Health and Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers.

She had served as the Minister of State for Health from 2016-2019. Patel, 43, has served as Minister of State for Commerce and Industry since 2021 in Modi government 2.0.

She defeated Samajwadi Party’s Ramesh Chand Bind by a margin of 37,810 votes in Mirzapur parliamentary seat of Uttar Pradesh.

Patel-led Apna Dal (S) contested this election in an alliance with the BJP-led NDA. Patel has won from Mirzapur for the third consecutive time as an NDA candidate.


Earlier, she won the election from Mirzapur in 2014 and 2019.

64-year-old Jadhav won his fourth consecutive term from the Buldhana Lok Sabha constituency. Jadhav emerged victorious in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from Buldhana after he secured over 3.9 lakh votes.

He served as MLA for three terms from the district between 1995 and 2009.

With a 71 per cent attendance in the Parliament, Jadhav has participated in several debates and discussions in the lower house.  (PTI)