BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday appointed Tohana MLA and state general secretary Subhash Barala as the new Haryana BJP president.
Barala, 47, a first-time MLA, replaces Ram Bilas Sharma, who has been inducted into the state cabinet. The appointment of the Jat leader is being seen as a balancing act by the party that had picked Manohar Lal Khattar, a non-Jat, as the chief minister.
After being appointed, Barala visited the district unit office here in the evening and addressed a press conference.
When asked whether his being a Jat had been instrumental in his elevation, he said the party did not believe in caste politics and an ordinary worker had been chosen to lead it in the state.
He said he would do his best to ensure the party’s popularity.
On the state government lowering the retirement age from 60 to 58, Barala said it would cause no resentment among employees but would boost the job prospects of the youth. On the Barwala ashram issue, he said the government had played its role responsibly; he expressed regret over the beating up of journalists there. When asked whether it would be right for the chief minister to visit Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s programme in such an atmosphere, he said everyone could not be equated.
Later, Khattar also visited the party office to congratulate Barala. He said the new president would work to bridge the gap between the government and people, adding that the party.