The BJP today made big changes to its list of states in charge, with what appeared to be focused on states with elections slated for next year or less.
The head of the BJP IT cell, Amit Malviya, will now assist Kailash Vijayvargiya in managing West Bengal affairs. The BJP is seeking to wrest the Trinamool congressional state from Mamata Banerjee in elections slated for early next year.
Bhupendra Yadav has been in charge of Bihar, where the NDA has just won the elections, and will also take care of Gujarat.
Murlidhar Rao, known to be close to Minister of the Interior Amit Shah, is the new head of Madhya Pradesh.
Ram Madhav, who was in charge of Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir, is no longer responsible for any state. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has been made responsible for Manipur.
Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey of “Team Amit Shah” have not been charged with any state.
Baijayant Jay Panda has been in charge of Assam, where elections are due to take place next year.
The appointments came more than a month after BJP leader JP Nadda announced the creation of a new team that would see the party’s national affairs.
Satya Kumar, Sunil Ojha and Sanjeev Chaurasia will assist Radha Mohan Singh, responsible for Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Singh is also in charge of Rajasthan.
BJP Secretary General CT Ravi will be in charge of Maharashtra, Goa and Tamil Nadu. Tarun Chugh, who was previously co-head of Delhi, will now take care of the party’s work in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Telangana.
The newly appointed general secretary, Dr Purandeshwari, will take over the party’s work in Odisha and will also be the head of Chhattisgarh.
BJP general secretary Dushyant Gautam has been appointed responsible for Punjab, Chandigarh and Uttarakhand, and Dilip Sakia of Jharkhand and Arunachal Pradesh, according to the statement.
Union Minister V Muralidharan is in charge of Andhra Pradesh with Sunil Deodhar as co-responsible.