The BJP has announced Satish Upadhyay as the party’s Delhi unit chief, a post left vacant after the incumbent chief Harsh Vardhan got elevated to the Union Cabinet as health minister.
With the Delhi political scene warming up in the wake of pressure mounted by AAP and Congress, it had become pertinent for the party to announce the new chief at the earliest.
Upadhyay, who is currently the chairman of the Standing Committee of South Municipal Corporation, had been a strong contender for the post. Senior party leaders believe that Upadhyay’s appointment as Delhi BJP chief will instil energy in the unit that is likely to face polls by the end of the year.
“Modiji has maintained that the younger leaders in the party should be given a chance to exhibit their potential as they will bring in fresh ideas and help rejuvenate the party,” a senior leader said.
As reported first by Newsline, Upadhyay’s name was finalised in a meeting attended by senior RSS and BJP leaders in June but the announcement was made only late Tuesday.
Sources said Upadhyay’s experience as a councillor and a long-time party worker would come in handy to man the job of Delhi BJP chief. But he may face a few challenges too. As a senior leader put it, “There are many senior leaders in the party and MPs who may not be at ease with a younger leader as the party chief. The success and political maturity of Upadhyay would be gauged by the way he will tackles these challenges.”
Upadhyay was an RSS karyakarta prior to 1981. His political career begin in the same year when he contested Delhi University Students’ Union elections and was elected vice president. He was also the state secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in 1984-85.
In 1988, he became the organising secretary of BJP’s youth wing and later its president and general secretary. He contested the MCD polls in 2012 and became a councillor from Malviya Nagar and was given post of chairman education committee, before he became chairman of the standing committee of South Municipal Corporation.