BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday came out with a new list of in-charges for different states, assigning West Bengal to newly appointed general secretary and Madhya Pradesh minister Kailash Vijayavargiya who delivered the party a grand victory in Haryana last year.
Vijayavargiya replaces party’s national secretary Sidharth Nath Singh who will now look after Andhra Pradesh where BJP shares power with the Telugu Desam Party. Singh will also be the co in-charge for West Bengal, which goes to poll next year, along with former Odisha BJP chief Suresh Pujari.
Former RSS leader Ram Madhav, who was inducted in the BJP last year as a General Secretary, could not get charge of any state even in the reshuffle while Haryana Prabhari Anil Jain gets the additional responsibility of Chhattisgarh. Jain was promoted to the post of General Secretary in an organisational reshuffle recently.
BJP’s lone woman general secretary Saroj Pandey has been assigned Maharashtra while Uttarakhand in-charge Shyam Jaju gets the additional responsibility of Delhi. Jaju, promoted as vice president, comes in place of Prabhat Jha who has been given the charge of Punjab and Chandigarh.
Former union minister D Purandeshwari – daughter of TDP founder and former Andhra Pradesh CM NT Rama Rao – has been appointed co in-charge for Karnataka and prabhari of the women’s front of the BJP.
Purandeshwari served as minister of state for Human Resources Development in the Manmohan Singh government and joined the BJP in the run up to the last year’s Lok Sabha poll.
General Secretary Muralidhar Rao who was in-charge for Karnataka gets the additional responsibility of Tamil Nadu while tribal leader from Chhattisgarh, Ram Vichar Netam, has been appointed sah prabhari for Jharkhand. Vice President and Rajya Sabha MP Avinash rai Khanna has got the additional responsibility of Rajasthan.
General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav and Vice President Om Mathur remains Prabhari for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively. Five additional faces have been brought in to assist Mathur in Uttar Pradesh. They are Virendra Khateek (Madhya Pradesh), Rameshwar Chaurasiya, Satyendra Kushwaha (both from Bihar), Ramesh Bidhuri (Delhi) and Sunil Ojha (Gujarat).