Hunt for new state BJP chief begins

Maya Singh, Anil Dave, Nandkumar Chauhan among probables

BHOPAL: With the swearing-in of Narandra Singh Tomar as Union Minister, the hunt has begun for a new state BJP chief.Tomar was re-elected as president of the state BJP in December 2012 and the party fought the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections under his leadership.

The team of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, organisational general secretary Arvind Menon and Tomar was quite successful in the state. Tomar has been given major responsibility as a member of the Union Cabinet. That, in turn, has created a challenge for Chauhan. He will have to ensure that the new party president is of his choice.  Those likely to succeed Tomar include women and child development minister Maya Singh, Member of Parliament Nandkumar Singh Chauhan and the member of Rajyasabha Anil Madhav Dave.

According to sources, in view of the forthcoming municipal elections in November Chauhan could ask the central leadership to let Tomar remain on the post till then. Subsequent to the inclusion of Rajnath Singh in the union ministry a new party president would be elected due to which the national post holders from the state could change.

The national general secretary Thavarchand Gehlot has also included in the union ministry due to which a new leader would be selected from the state to succeed him. The national vice-president of the party Prabhat Jha could be given a new charge after the change in the organisational posts.

Tomar as party’s state president was Chauhan’s choice. This time too he would try his best to ensure that a person of his choice is appointed to head the state party set-up.  The state in-charge Anantha Kumar has also become union minister. Chauhan’s tuning with him was superb due to which he might insist that the party’s state president as well as state in-charge should be persons of his choice.

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