PATNA: In a sudden move, the BJP president Amit Shah on this morning announced appointment of its member of Lok Sabha from Ujiyarpur, Nityananad Rai as Bihar unit chief replacing Mangal Pandey.
Amit Shah also announced appointment of popular actor-cum politician Manoy Tiwari as the unit head for Delhi. Tiwari will be replacing Satish Upadhyay.
Manoj Tiwari has a huge fan following among the North Indians – mainly Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The Bhojpuri singer had also won the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 parliamentary elections.
Meanwhile, Nityananad Rai, was MLA from Hajipur between 2000 and 2014, when he was elected to Lok Sabha. Demand to remove Mangal Pandey as state party chief was gaining momentum since the BJP’s poor show in assembly elections last year.
Pandey when returned from New Delhi on Tuesday after attending meeting of party presidents of different states was also not aware of his removal.
He reached BJP office last evening, but did not inform his colleagues about Rai’s appointment. Pandey is consifered a loyalist to Sushil Kumar Modi, former deputy chief minister.
There were three names udner consideration to replace Pandey-Ashiwni Kumar Chaubey, senior MP and former minister, Sanjeev Chaurasiya, MLC and an RSS activist and Nityananad Rai. Choice fell on Rai, an Yadav leader.
With the appointment of Rai, the dominance of OBCs and backward caste leadership in Bihar BJP has been confirmed. Leader of opposition in Bihar assembly, Prem Kumar is from OBC(Chandrawasnhi), Sushil Kumar Modi, leader in Vidhan Parishad is OBC (Baniya) .
RSS repressentative in the BJP’s Bihar unit, Nagendra Ji, who is general secretary (organisation) will also be changed as he is also being held responsible for BJP’s defeat in assembly elections.
In selection of candidates and strategy planning in campaign, Nagendraji played a key role, party sources said here.