BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday carried out a major reshuffle of the organisational assignments of office bearers, giving important assignments to performer and bringing in new faces.
Rajasthan leader OP Mathur — who as election in-charge in Maharashtra polls won allocades — was given charge of Uttar Pradesh, a job that Shah himself looked after during LS polls.
General secretary JP Nadda, who lost to Shah in the race to BJP’s presidency, got the charge of party ruled Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
Former union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy will now expand the party’s base in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. General secretary Bhupendra Yadav has been given Bihar’s assignment.
The new list, party insiders, could be an indication of the fact that the office bearers who have been allotted states may not be inducted into the cabinet when it is expanded next. Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheriya, who was the surprise entry in Shah’s national team Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheriya, who was the surprise entry in Shah’s national team as general secretary, has been made in-charge of Chhattisgarh and Punjab where the BJP is in power.
Party’ secretary Shrikant Sharma who oversaw media affairs during the Lok Sabha poll was given the charge of Himachal Pradesh, another key state which it lost to Congress in last year’s election. Party vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, a close aide of Union minister Nitin Gadkari, was given Madhya Pradesh’s assignment.
Rajya Sabha MP Prabhat Jha will continue to oversee party affairs in Delhi while general secretary P Murlidhar Rao, another leader with RSS background, gets the assignment of Karnataka, which goes to poll in 2018.
Former Uttarakhand minister Trivednra Singh Rawat, a Thakur leader who worked very closely with Shah as co in-charge for Uttar Pradesh during Lok Sabha polls, will be in-charge for poll-bound Jharkhand. Party’s secretary Shyam Jaju – who also worked closely with the team-Modi during Lok Sabha polls, got the charge of Uttarakhand.