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BJP ex-CMs, ministers back in national roles — Rupani, Javadekar among party’s new state in-charges

BJP appoints new incharges, co-incharges for multiple states in an exercise that, insiders say, was 'long pending'. The list, approved by party president Nadda, was released Friday.

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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday appointed new incharges and co-incharges for multiple states in what is being viewed as an exercise to accommodate senior party leaders within the organisation.

A number of former chief ministers and Union ministers have been accommodated in the list approved by party president J.P. Nadda.

Former Union minister Prakash Javadekar has been entrusted with the responsibility to expand the party’s footprint in Kerala, while former Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has been made incharge of Punjab, and former Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb the incharge of Haryana.

In Madhya Pradesh, which had national secretary Pankaja Munde as co-incharge, Lok Sabha MP Ramshankar Katheria has also been appointed co-incharge to assist Muralidhar Rao, party’s incharge of the state.

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra will be the party’s coordinator for Northeastern states, according to the list issued Friday.

Senior BJP leader Vinod Tawde, meanwhile, has been made incharge of Bihar — replacing Union minister Bhupender Yadav — while Om Mathur will bear responsibility of Chhattisgarh. Similarly, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Radha Mohan Agrawal has been made incharge of Lakshadweep and Arun Singh continues to look after Rajasthan, aided by Vijaya Rahatkar as co-incharge.

Former Bihar minister Mangal Pandey has been made incharge of West Bengal and national general secretary Tarun Chugh will continue to be incharge of Telangana, assisted by BJP national secretary Arvind Menon.

Senior BJP leader and national media-incharge Anil Baluni said national general secretary Sunil Bansal will continue to handle the responsibility of Telangana, West Bengal and Odisha as regional incharge. 

Another senior BJP leader, who did not wish to be named, told ThePrint that this exercise to appoint state incharges and co-incharges had been “pending for quite some time and care has been taken to accommodate different leaders”. 

“It was decided that some of the former chief ministers will be given national roles and through this exercise, they have been accommodated,” the BJP leader added.

In July last year, Javadekar, along with the then health minister Harsh Vardhan and the then law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, was dropped from PM Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers in a cabinet reshuffle

“Kerala is an important state for the party and a lot of activities will take place there as part of our Mission South. Javadekar has looked after Kerala earlier too and he will be assisted by Radha Mohan Agrawal,” said a party leader who did not wish to be named.

(Edited by Amrtansh Arora)

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