Amit Shah to announce new BJP team, no word on Cong reshuffle

  • Kumar Uttam and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2016 13:11 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah after Shah’s re-election as BJP president in January. Shah will announce the party’s national office bearers on Monday. Sources say most of the serving members are likely to continue. (PTI)

As parties get ready for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP president Amit Shah will announce his team on Monday while the Congress remains mum on its organisational reshuffle.

The BJP’s team of national office bearers is not expected to go through any big change though.

“Shah is unlikely to go for a major overhaul. Most of the old faces will be retained but some new names will definitely be added,” a source said.

Since being re-elected to the top party post on January 24, Shah is required to constitute a new team of office bearers and a national executive body of the party.

These include a maximum of 13 vice presidents, nine general secretaries and 15 secretaries.

Of the seven serving general secretaries – Ram Madhav, Bhupendra Yadav, Kailash Vijayvargiya, P Muralidhar Rao, Saroj Pandey, Arun Singh and Anil Jain – Shah is likely to drop two.

The party is also expected to appoint a new president to its youth wing.

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha is currently headed by three-time MP Anurag Thakur and may be taken over by Poonam Mahajan, an MP from Mumbai and daughter of late BJP minister Pramod Mahajan.

The women wing will also get a new chief following the appointment of its chief Vijaya Rahatkar as the chairperson of the women’s commission in Maharashtra.

Appointment of some state unit presidents is also likely; junior minister for railways, Manoj Sinha is being considered to head the party in Uttar Pradesh.

Shah’s announcement will precede the party’s national executive meeting here on March 19-20.

Over at Congress however, sources say vice-president Rahul Gandhi is planning a major rejig.

The new team is expected to be a mix of young and the experienced as Gandhi attempts to address the “unrest” among the old guard.

An organisational reshuffle in Congress has been long overdue, with the last one taking place in June 2013. Party sources say Gandhi has almost finalised his new team, but the announcement is expected only after the assembly elections in the five states this April-May.

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