The Sunday expansion of the Union council of ministers will lead to at least five vacancies in the team of BJP’s national office bearers, which was constituted recently. The composition of the all-powerful parliamentary board of the party – its highest-decision making body – will also have to be tweaked following JP Nadda’s elevation as a cabinet minister.
Nadda, a member of the Rajya Sabha, Saran MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Bihar) and Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheria (Uttar Pradesh) are BJP’s national general secretaries, and will have to quit the party posts if ‘one man one post’ principle is applied in their case.
The BJP’s constitution provides for the appointment of maximum nine general secretaries and the exit of the three leave the party with just four general secretaries – Ram Madhav, Bhupendra Yadav, Saroj Pandey and P Murlidhar Rao.
BJP Yuva Morcha chief Anurag Thakur, a three-time MP from Himachal Pradesh who missed the ministerial berth, may get a plum organisational post.
Varun Gandhi, who was dropped as general secretary and has not found a place in the government, is also said to be in contention for an organisational role. And so is party spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, who may get a promotion.
Nadda was the lone BJP general secretary in party’s parliamentary board and the leadership will have to find his replacement in the body if he quits. One of the general secretaries has to officiate as the secretary of the BJP parliamentary board.
The problem that the party may, however, face is to take the tough call of dropping an existing member of the board, which already has 11 members – the maximum it can accommodate.
Of the 11 BJP vice-presidents, Rajya Sabha MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Secundarabad MP Bandaru Dattatrey have been inducted as ministers of state. Not more than 13 leaders can be appointed as vice presidents in the BJP.
“It looks they will have to quit the party assignment. Their replacement will be announced at an appropriate time,” a BJP leader said.
All three general secretaries who were inducted in the council of ministers were on October 21 given charge of key states. Rudy was appointed in-charge for Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu while Nadda was given the charge of Maharashtra and Rajasthan – the two states having BJP governments.
Katheria was prabhari for Chhattigarh – again having a BJP government – and Punjab, where the party shares power with the Shiromani Akali Dal. Nadda, Rudy and Katheria may have to leave this organisational job as well.