BJP appoints 4 new state unit presidents in Delhi, Bihar, Rajasthan & Odisha ahead of crucial state, general elections

BJP appoints 4 new state unit presidents in Delhi, Bihar, Rajasthan & Odisha ahead of crucial state, general elections

The party banks on OBC leader and MLC Samrat Choudhary in Bihar

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, March 23, 2023, 04:14 PM IST
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New Delhi: As the Bharatiya Janata Party moves to further strengthen its organisational machinery with an eye on the upcoming state and national elections, it appointed four new state presidents on Thursday, including Lok Sabha MP C P Joshi in Rajasthan and OBC leader and MLC Samrat Choudhary in Bihar.

Choudhary thanked PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda for giving him the organizational responsibility as the state president in a twitter video.

BJP president J P Nadda also appointed Manmohan Samal, a former state minister, as the head of the party's Odisha unit, while Delhi working president Virendra Sachdeva was elevated as its chief.

Choudhary (54), whose standing within the BJP has steadily risen after joining the party in 2018, is the leader of the party in the Bihar legislative council and comes from the politically important Kushwaha community. He replaces Lok Sabha MP Sanjay Jaiswal at the helm of the Bihar BJP.  

Joshi (47) will replace Satish Poonia, an MLA from Jaipur's Amber constituency, and the appointment comes close on the heels of veteran Rajasthan BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria being eased out of active politics following his appointment as Assam governor.

A Brahmin face, Joshi is a second time MP from Chittorgarh Lok Sabha seat. 

Like Kataria, Poonia, too, did not have the best of equations with former chief minister Vasundhara Raje who remains the BJP's most formidable leader in the state. The party's central leadership has had its reservations with her but there have been indications that equations have improved between them.

Poonia, who was heading the state unit since September 2019, wished Joshi on his appointment, and said it will further strengthen the party. 

"BJP always prepares new leadership"

"It is the Bharatiya Janata Party which always prepares new leadership from time to time, gives opportunities and takes it forward," he said. 

The party gave me three full years for organisational work and I also contributed through constructive works during the coronavirus pandemic, he said.

"In the same way, the role of the Opposition was discharged from the assembly to the roads. Today, the BJP has reached 50,000 booths on the ground in Rajasthan," he said.

Raje also welcomed the appointment, and wished Joshi success for his term as the state president.

Deputy leader of opposition Rajendra Rathore and other leaders also congratulated Joshi.

Assembly polls will be held in the Congress-ruled state later this year.

Samal, a former MP, is one of the better known BJP faces from Odisha and is seen to bring more heft than his predecessor Samir Mohanty, political watchers said. He is aggressive and his politics bears a distinct Hindutva mark, they added. He had headed the state BJP earlier as well.

BJP sources told news agency PTI that Sachdeva has been impressive in his short stint at the party's Delhi working president following the removal of Adesh Gupta from the helm. He is low-key and out and out organisational person who has been able to infuse a sense of cohesion in the state unit often pulled in different directions by local heavyweights, they added. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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