After a delay of more than two months because of infighting in the state unit, Bharatiya Janata Party announced Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis as its new chief in Maharashtra.
The party’s national head Rajnath Singh made the announcement in New Delhi on Thursday.
Fadnavis, 42, BJP’s MLA from south west Nagpur, is its youngest state president. He emerged as a consensus choice of the two factions led by former national president Nitin Gadkari and senior leader Gopinath Munde.
Gadkari was in favour of a second term for outgoing president Sudhir Mungantiwar while Munde suggested Fadnavis’s name after other names suggested by him were turned down by the party leadership in New Delhi. Fadnavis enjoys cordial relations with both camps.
A law graduate and post graduate in business management, Fadnavis has a clean image as a politician. A former mayor of Nagpur, he has been a member of the state assembly since 1999.
Fadnavis joined politics at the age of 21.
“I want to ensure that the BJP-Sena alliance wins in 2014 (elections),” he said after taking over from Munguntiwar on Thursday.