Patna : In a sudden move, the BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday morning announced appointment of member of Lok sabha from Ujiyarpur, Nityananad Rai as Bihar unit chief replacing Mangal Pandey.
Rai, was MLA from hajipur between 2000 and 2014 before being 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, who 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 considered a loyalist to Sushil Kumar Modi, former deputy chief minister.
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).