J P Nadda takes charge of Union Health Ministry

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Union Minister J P Nadda takes charge as Minister of Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi, Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Union Minister J P Nadda takes charge as Minister of Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi, Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

New Delhi: BJP President J P Nadda took charge of the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.

He was allocated the Health Ministry as well as the Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry on Monday, a day after taking oath as a cabinet minister in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.

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

Nadda held the health portfolio during the Modi government's first term before he took over as the BJP's working president in 2019 and became a full-fledged party president in January 2020 following Amit Shah's appointment as Union Home Minister.

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

The 63-year-old BJP leader, 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 and headed its election campaign in a host of states. He also served as a minister in BJP 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 elevated to the position of BJP president in January 2020.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Prataprao Jadhav took charge as the Minister of State for Health. He has also been allocated the Ayush Ministry as the Minister of State (Independent Charge). The 64-year-old leader won his fourth consecutive term from the Buldhana Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra.

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