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BJP change of guard: Who’s in, who’s out

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 09, 2014
First Published: 18:10 IST(9/7/2014) | Last Updated: 18:44 IST(9/7/2014)

Prime minister Narendra Modi aide Amit Shah took over the post of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president on Wednesday. Former party president Rajnath Singh has resigned from the post at an event in New Delhi.

The current who's who in the BJP family stand as following:
 
Vice-Presidents
Uma Bharti: The minister for water resources will quit her organisational post
Smriti Irani: The HRD minister will not be in the new team of office-bearers
Jual Oram: A leader from Odisha, he was made tribal affairs minister. Will quit organisational post
 
General Secretaries
Thawar Chand Gehlot: The social justice minister will not be a part of the new team
Dharmendra Pradhan: The BJP’s young face, Pradhan became MoS for petroleum and natural gas
Ananth Kumar: The seniormost general secretary. Will be replaced by a new face 
Amit Shah: His elevation to president has also created a vacancy for the post of general secretary. P Murlidhar Rao may also be dropped as an organisational office-holder
 
Spokespersons
Prakash Javadekar: A prominent TV face of the party, Javadekar is now I&B minister 
Nirmala Sitharaman: The first-time MP was appointed commerce minister in the Narendra Modi government. She will quit her office of party spokesperson.

Likely new faces
Ram Madhav: The RSS’ face in the media. Has recently been sent to the BJP and may be appointed general secretary
Shiv Prakash: RSS pracharak in western UP, considered close to Shah. A sure name in the new team of office-bearers
 
The BJP constitution says the team of national office-bearers shall have not more than 13 vice-presidents, nine general secretaries, 15 secretaries, one treasurer and one general secretary (organisation). Of these, at least 13 should be women and three from the SC and ST communities.


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