The BJP on Wednesday re-elected Satpal Satti as state president of the party for a record consecutive third term. Satti will lead the party in the 2017 state assembly elections.
A third-time MLA, Satti had the backing of top party leadership – former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Union minister for Health J P Nadda, party veteran Shanta Kumar and organising secretary Pawan Rana.
“Currently, we are in the middle of panchayat, block samiti and zila parishad polls wherein we have done tremendously well maintaining the trend set during the Lok Sabha polls (winning all four seats and also an assembly by-poll). Next, we will be participating in the urban local bodies polls on January 10,” Satti said immediately after his election.
Party senior Ganeshi Lal, a former Haryana minister and now BJP’s national disciplinary committee chairman, was the party observer to oversee the election of the state party president. The party also elected four leaders – Sraveen Chaudhary, Virender Kanwar and Rajesh Sehjal, all MLAs, and Ajay Rana, organising secretary – as national council delegates.
“During my two earlier terms, I tried to give my best to the party and it’s a very satisfying experience that I received full support and backing of the seniors,” Satti said.
During his students days, Satti was a fire-brand leader of the party’s student wing, the ABVP, and later worked in the BJYM and finally held several posts in the BJP. He was elected to the assembly in 2003, 2007 and 2012.