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Amit Shah set to revamp Team BJP after reshuffle of Modi Cabinet

The vacancy in the team was created following party leaders taking up ministerial jobs in states.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2017 10:12 IST
Kumar Uttam
Kumar Uttam
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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BJP president Amit Shah greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.(PTI)

The resignation of six ministers from the Narendra Modi government and the Sunday expansion of his council of ministers also set in motion the revamp of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Kalraj Mishra, Bandaru Dattatreya, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Sanjiv Balyan and Faggan Singh Kulaste resigned as ministers ahead of the Sunday reshuffle.

BJP sources told HT that party president Amit Shah was expected to replace some leaders of his team with new faces, an exercise aimed at fine tuning the organisation ahead of the 2019 polls.

Rudy and Balyan could be brought in as national general secretaries of the party, sources said.

The party can have a maximum of 13 vice president, 9 general secretaries and 15 secretaries. At present, Shah’s team has seven vice-presidents and general secretaries each and 11 secretaries. Five out of the seven general secretaries have never contested a direct election.


The vacancy in the team was created following party leaders taking up ministerial jobs in states.

BJP secretaries Sidharth Nath Singh, Mahendra Singh and Shrikant Sharma became ministers in Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP also appointed junior HRD minister Mahendra Pandey as the chief of its Uttar Pradesh unit in place of Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is now a deputy chief minister in the Yogi Adityanath government.

Party’s national vice president Dinesh Sharma, too, has been appointed deputy CM. He was the in-charge of Gujarat, which goes to poll later this year along with Himachal Pradesh.

Jharkhand in-charge Trivendra Singh Rawat became the Uttarakhand chief minister.

First Published: Sep 03, 2017 09:23 IST