Over three months after succeeding Rajnath Singh as BJP chief, Amit Shah on Tuesday distributed responsibilities among party office-bearers. Those who have been picked up for important assignments include Om Mathur, a confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and general secretaries Jagat Prakash Nadda and Bhupendra Yadav.
Mathur, who was in charge of Gujarat during Modi’s tenure as chief minister, has been allotted Uttar Pradesh. A former Pracharak, Mathur already has his job cut out — to ensure a victory in the 2017 Assembly polls. He was recently deployed as election in-charge in Maharashtra.
General secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who was in charge of Maharashtra, would now look after Andhra Pradesh, where the party has an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. He would also hold charge of Tamil Nadu.
Rajya Sabha member Nadda was chosen to oversee party affairs in two vital states — Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Maharashtra has become a key state for the BJP following its Assembly polls victory. Nadda’s challenges will include consolidating electoral gains and managing the emerging coalition with other parties. In Rajasthan, Nadda will have to contend with CM Vasundhara Raje on one hand and a host of disgruntled leaders on the other.
Bhupendra Yadav, a Rajya Sabha member, was given Bihar. The state is set to go to polls by 2015-end and the BJP will hope to repeat their Lok Sabha performance, notwithstanding the opposition combine’s good showing in the recent Assembly by-polls.
Shah has named his confidante Trivendra Singh Rawat as the party in-charge of Jharkhand, headed for elections early next year. Vice-President Prabhat Jha will continue to be in charge of Delhi, while secretary Anil Jain has been given full charge of Haryana, an important elevation considering that the BJP has come to power in the state.
General secretary, Murlidhar Rao, will take care of Karnataka. Vice-presidents Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Ram Shankar Katheriya, Purushottam Rupala and Dinesh Sharma will oversee Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and Gujarat, respectively.
Secretaries who have been given state assignments are: Shrikant Sharma (Himachal Pradesh), H Raja (Kerala and Lakshdweep), Shyam Jaju (Uttarakhand), Sidharth Nath Singh (West Bengal), Arun Singh (Orissa), Ramen Deka (Arunachal) and Poonam Mahajan (Dadra, Nagar Haveli and Daman). Assam will be under Mahendra Singh and J&K under Avinash Rai Khanna.
Maharashtra: Nadda moves in
J P Nadda gets charge of the state. His challenges will be to consolidate the electoral gains and manage the emerging coalition. He has also been given the charge of Rajasthan
Rudy moves out
Rajiv Pratap Rudy will now look after the party’s affair in Andhra Pradesh where BJP has TDP as an alliance partner. He will also hold the charge of Tamil Nadu