Sharma unanimously elected Punjab BJP chief
Kamal Sharma (44) was unanimously elected president of the Punjab BJP unit on Tuesday. Kamal, who was the party general secretary, took over from Pathankot MLA Ashwani Sharma, who completed his three-year term.chandigarh Updated: Jan 16, 2013 10:40 IST
Kamal Sharma (44) was unanimously elected president of the Punjab BJP unit on Tuesday.
Kamal, who was the party general secretary, took over from Pathankot MLA Ashwani Sharma, who completed his three-year term.
Former MP and BJP central election observer Ram Nath Kovind and state election officer Vinod Sharma declared Kamal Sharma elected unopposed.
Senior party leaders, including national vice-president Shanta Kumar, national general Secretary JP Nadda and Ashwani Sharma were also present on the occasion.
Kamal, a native of Ferozepur district, joined the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) youth wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), in the mid-1980s. He also worked as a national secretary. During 2004-06, he was the media advisor to the Khadi and Village Industry Commission of India (KVIC).
He also remained media advisor to the Madhya Pradesh chief minister. Currently, he is the political advisor to Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal.
Asked about his priorities, Kamal said he would improve the functioning of the coordination committee of the BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for better performance of the state government. He said BJP workers should get due respect in the administration.
Addressing party leaders and workers, Kamal said outgoing president Ashwani Sharma and his team had done a commendable job and their biggest achievement was the re-election of the SAD-BJP government. "As the president, my target is the 2014 parliamentary elections and to ensure the victory of alliance candidates on all 13 seats," he added.
Meanwhile, 13 members elected unanimously to the national council are Balramji Dass Tandon, Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Brij Lal Rinwa, Rajinder Bhandari, Chaudhary Swarna Ram, Avtar Singh Sikri, Baldev Raj Chawla, Som Parkash, Gurcharan Kaur, Narottam Dev Ratti, Virender Kaur Thandi, Vijay Sampla and Manjit Singh Rai.
Sanjay Tandon has been re-elected president of the BJP's Chandigarh unit.
'Want Badal to stay CM'
Soon after being elected Punjab BJP president, Kamal Sharma said he and his party would like Parkash Singh Badal to continue as chief minister. About the demand to elevate deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal to the top post, Kamal said he couldn't comment as it was an "internal" matter of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the BJP's coalition partner. A section of SAD leaders are demanding Sukhbir's elevation as CM, but the BJP has apparently been opposing it.