The appointment of Chandrashekhar Bawankule as state BJP president is the reward for his hard work and commitment, Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said Saturday.
Speaking to the media, Fadnavis said, “Bawankule has been associated with the BJP since his early life. He is a diehard worker. Always takes up his assignments seriously and delivers results.”
Earlier, Bawankule served as the energy minister during Fadnavis’s tenure and was lauded for his work. When OBC reservation was scrapped, Bawankule relentlessly pursued the issue and raised questions.
The deputy chief minister further said, “As the state party president, he will surely work for the welfare of the organisation and its growth across Maharashtra.”
On Friday, BJP formally announced Bawankule as the state party president. He will get three years full term.
Bawankule’s selection as the state party president was to project OBC leadership. He belongs to the Teli community (OBC). Born in Kamptee in Vidarbha, Bawankule’s political rise has been steady. From a member of the students’ wing to an MLA, a minister and the general secretary of the party. Finally, he made it to the state president’s post.
Bawankule is close to both Union minister Nitin Gadkari and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.