BJP president Amit Shah’s new team to aim for regional balance

  • Kumar Uttam, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 29, 2016 09:17 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah will announce his new team before the party’s conclave in New Delhi on March 19-20. Having got a second chance on January 24 to lead the party — for a full three-year term — Shah is discussing his team with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS representatives in the BJP.

The team of national office bearers includes a maximum of 13 vice president, nine general secretaries and 15 deputy general secretaries. “An announcement of the team is expected by the second week of March. New faces will be inducted,” a source told HT.

Shah is expected to strike the missing regional balance in his next team. Currently, the BJP has Ram Madhav, Bhupendra Yadav, Kailash Vijayvargiya, P Muralidhar Rao, Saroj Pandey, Arun Singh and Anil Jain as general secretaries.

“Two of t hem could be dropped,” said a party source privy to the deliberation. A Scheduled Caste leader could also be inducted as general secretary. This community does not have representation in the current team.

Except for Pande ya nd Vijayavargiya, none of the general secretaries have contested a direct election. Yadav is a member of the Rajya Sabha.

A couple of leaders from states with a certain mass base are also expected to find place. Former Karnataka deputy CM R Ashok and former Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda are probables for getting a national assignment.

BJP’s youth wing, currently led by three-time Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur, is likely to get a new head. Given the assignment in 2010, 41-year-old Thakur is the longest serving chief of the Yuva Morcha and is tipped for a promotion within the organisation.

Sources claimed that Shah may leave some posts vacant for future requirements that may arise following an impending reshuffle of the cabinet after the Parliament’s Budget session.

While Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal has already been sent to Assam as president of the state BJP, junior railway minister Manoj Sinha is in contention to head the party in Uttar Pradesh.

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