BJP’s new team likely only after state polls in April-May

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 13, 2016 11:07 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Amit Shah for being re-elected as BJP President. (PTI Photo)

BJP chief Amit Shah has deferred the reshuffle of his team till the assembly elections in five states are over.

Shah was re-elected as BJP chief on January 24 for a three year term and the party constitution requires him to set up a new team of office bearers and national executive.

“Shah was expected to announce the team before the March 19 and 20 national executive meet in Delhi. This has been deferred following his consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 9,” a BJP leader told HT.

BJP’s national executive consists of the party president and a maximum of 120 members, of whom at least 40 have to be women and 12 have to belong to the SC/ST community. A maximum of 13 vice-president, nine general secretaries and 15 secretaries are nominated from these national executive members to form the team of national office-bearers.

Five states are going to polls in April and May and it was also felt that any change of responsibility at this point may also lead to confusion. Accordingly, Shah will continue with his present team for a couple of months and unveil a new one later. The posts of three vice-presidents and two general secretaries are currently vacant in the party.

Shah is also considering replacing some serving office-bearers with new faces.

With the lack of experienced leaders in the organisation troubling the RSS, there has been speculation that some ministers could return to take up an organisational job. That call will be taken by Prime Minister Modi. His government completes two years on May 26.

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