Effecting a reshuffle of work responsibilities, BJP chief Amit Shah today appointed general secretary Om Mathur as incharge of the key state of Uttar Pradesh which goes to fresh assembly poll in 2017.
Mathur, who was the party’s poll incharge in Maharashtra where BJP is set to head a government for the first time after its good showing in assembly elections, was given the challenge of putting the party in power in UP.
The party’s leader from Tamil Nadu and national secretary H Raja has been made the incharge for Kerala and Lakshwadeep.
BJP had put up a splending show in Lok Sabha elections in UP in April-May this year. Party general secretary J P Nadda has been made in charge of Maharashtraand Rajasthan, while another general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy was entrusted with the responsibility of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Rajasthan BJP leader Bhupender Yadav, another general secretary, has been made incharge of Bihar where assembly elections are due in November next year. In Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, which are going to assembly polls early next year or later this year, the party chief has appointed Avinash Rai Khanna and Trivendra Singh Rawat as incharge respectively. Khanna, a leader from Punjab, was the incharge of J & K earlier too.
General Secretary Prabhat Jha will take care of the party’s affairs in Delhi where assembly polls are likely. Srikant Sharma, BJP’s national secretary who was incharge of the party’s media cell, has been given the charge of Himachal Pradesh.
Ram Shankar Katheriya has been made BJP incharge for Punjab and Chhattisgarh while Romen Deka is the new incharge for party affairs in Arunachal Pradesh. Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shanta Kumar was earlier incharge of Punjab.
BJP vice president Purshottam Rupala, who hails from Gujarat, is the new incharge for Goa while another vice president Dinesh Sharma is the incharge for Gujarat affairs.
Party general secretary Murlidhar Rao, who was earlier incharge for Tamil Nadu, has now been entrusted with Karnataka.
BJP Secretary Anil Jain, who was earlier the party’s co- incharge for Haryana, has been elevated and entrusted with the the job of party’s affairs in the same state.
BJP Secretary Poonam Mahajan, daughter of late party leader Pramod Mahajan, has been entrusted with the party’s affairs in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.
Party vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has been enstrusted with party affairs in Madhya Pradesh, while BJP Secretary Shyam Jaju has been given the responsibility of Uttarakhand.
BJP Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh has been made the incharge for West Bengal, stripping former General Secretary Varun Gandhi of the charge. The party is keen to expand its base in West Bengal, where assembly elections are due in 2016, and challenge ruling TMC. Earlier, he was co-incharge of party affairs there.
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