Mr. Gadkari was elected as President of Maharashtra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party in 2004 and was reelected in 2006, December. The faith, which the party has reposed in him was due to his hard work and his ability to keep the party workers spirited, active and united. He has always guided the elected members effectively, so that they can act as agents of change in their respective constituencies, by undertaking SEWA (Service project) and VIKAS (development works). He travels extensively to establish first hand contacts with the party workers in the state. His personal touch to the relations, which he has developed, has earned him the faith and goodwill of the party workers all over Maharashtra. In a span of thirteen days, Mr. Gadkari addressed 114 election meetings in the nook and corner of the state, during the recently held elections. This shows how much he was in demand to campaign for the party candidates. He is direct and straight forward in his approach and never hesitates to launch a scathing attack on his opponents He is ruthless in exposing the divisive forces working within the country. His oratory skills and clarity of purpose attract students and youth. His thorough understanding of public issues, knowledge of facts and figures, and the skill of juxtaposing things in an appealing manner, with humour and sarcasm laced in his election speeches, make him a very popular leader of the masses.
During the Lok Sabha elections Nitin Gadkari addressed a total of 146 election meetings in Maharashtra and neighbouring states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Nitin Gadkari was on Saturday, December 19th 2009, appointed the BJP National president at a meeting of the Parliamentary Board of the party.