BJP rejigs Team UP for 2019 Lok Sabha polls
BJP state president Mahendra Nath Pandey has included over a dozen new faces to rejig his team which will take Uttar Pradesh to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
As was expected, Brahmins were given due prominence but Pandey did a little social engineering to woo Dalits and OBCs by appointing prominent leaders from these castes in his team.
Two controversial leaders, who were earlier removed, have been brought back. Daya Shanker Singh, who was sacked by the party after he used derogatory words against BSP Supremo Mayawati, is back as vice-president.
Former Union Minister and party MP Sanjeev Baliyan, who was dropped from the Modi Cabinet, too was given a place in the new team as vice-president. Baliyan is also an accused in Muzaffarnagar riots.
In his new team, Pandey has appointed 15 vice-presidents, seven general secretaries and 15 secretaries while he has kept one post each of vice-president and general secretary vacant. Many of the posts were lying vacant after party state office-bearers had become ministers in the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet.
Pandey retained most of the old, trusted office-bearers in the new team. Rajbir Singh, son of Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, and Mahesh Srivastava are the only exceptions who were dropped in the new …read more