New Delhi, July 29: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President, J.P. Nadda, announced a reshuffle in the party’s central office-bearers, making significant changes to the team. Notably, the inclusion of a Pasmanda Muslim leader from Uttar Pradesh as one of its vice presidents, and the appointment of former Telangana unit chief, Bandi Sanjay Kumar, as a national general secretary.
In the new list, two prominent leaders, C.T. Ravi from Karnataka and Dilip Saikia, a Lok Sabha MP from Assam, have been dropped as general secretaries. Sources suggest that this move could signal their potential candidature in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
A noteworthy development in the party’s outreach efforts is the appointment of former Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) vice-chancellor, Tariq Mansoor, as a vice-president. Tariq Mansoor, now a BJP Member of Legislative Council (MLC) in Uttar Pradesh, is believed to be a part of the BJP’s initiative to connect with Pasmanda Muslims.
While most of the office-bearers have been retained in their previous roles as vice-presidents, general secretaries, and secretaries, the new list consists of 13 vice-presidents, nine general secretaries, including B.L. Santhosh as the in-charge of organisation, and 13 secretaries.
Notably, former Union minister Radha Mohan Singh, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Bihar, has been omitted from the list of party vice-presidents.
Adding to the diverse composition of the leadership, Anil Antony, the son of veteran Congress leader A.K. Antony, has been introduced as a national secretary.
This reshuffle comes as the BJP gears up for future challenges, including the upcoming elections, and reflects the party’s efforts to strengthen its representation across various communities and regions. The changes in the central office-bearers are expected to play a crucial role in the BJP’s strategies and preparations for the times ahead.