New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday assigned new roles to party leaders who were earlier removed as chief ministers and central ministers. The appointments came as the saffron party has begun preparing for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Former chief ministers of Gujarat and Tripura — Vijay Rupani and Biplab Kumar Deb — and former Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Mahesh Sharma have been given the charge of different states ahead of the polls.
According to the orders issued by BJP chief JP Nadda, Rupani was assigned Punjab and Deb given the charge of Haryana. Javadekar has been asked to handle Kerala while party general secretary Vinod Tawde will take charge of Bihar.
In the northeast, Sambit Patra will be coordinator and party national secretary Rituraj Sinha will be joint coordinator.
Senior leader Om Mathur, who is considered a confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been assigned Chhattisgarh. He was recently also named for the party’s Central Election Committee. Chhattisgarh, where the BJP is looking to wrest power from Congress, goes to polls next year.
Former Bihar minister Mangal Pandey has been given the charge of West Bengal, an important role as the party has been fighting to gain footing in the state dominated by Mamata Banerjee’s TMC. Pandey will handle the state together with Sunil Bansal, who has also received the charge of Telangana.
Arun Singh will continue to be in-charge of Rajasthan and Murlidhar Rao will continue his role in Madhya Pradesh.
The responsibility of Jharkhand has been handed to Laxmikant Vajpayee and Mahesh Sharma given charge of Tripura.