Today, the BJP appointed four new state presidents, including Lok Sabha member C P Joshi in Rajasthan and OBC leader and MLC Samrat Choudhary in Bihar, as the party seeks to strengthen its organizational infrastructure in preparation for important state and national elections.
Manmohan Samal, a former state minister, was selected by BJP president J. P. Nadda as the head of the party’s Odisha branch, while Delhi working president Virendra Sachdeva was raised to the position of chief.
New BJP Unit Leaders Selected in Rajasthan
Mr. Choudhary, whose position within the BJP has gradually increased since he joined in 2018, is the party’s leader in the Bihar legislative council and is a member of the politically significant Kushwaha group. He succeeded Sanjay Jaiswal as the leader of the Bihar BJP.
Mr Joshi (47) will succeed Satish Poonia, an MLA from Jaipur’s Amber district, and follows the recent retirement of senior Rajasthan BJP politician Gulab Chand Kataria, who was appointed governor of Assam.
Joshi, who has a Brahmin face, is a second-term representative from the Chittorgarh Lok Sabha constituency.
Mr. Poonia, like Mr. Kataria, did not have the best relationship with former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who remains the state’s most prominent BJP politician. There are hints that relations between them have improved despite the central leadership of the party’s initial doubts about her.
According to BJP officials, the terms of the state presidents had expired.
Mr. Samal, a former member of parliament, is one of the more well-known BJP candidates from Odisha, and political observers believe he will carry more weight than his predecessor, Samir Mohanty. They noted that he is aggressive and his politics carry a definite Hindutva stamp. He had previously served as the state’s BJP leader.
According to BJP officials, Mr. Sachdeva’s brief tenure as the party’s working president in Delhi after Adesh Gupta’s ouster has been remarkable. They said that he is a low-key and extremely organized individual who has been able to instill a feeling of togetherness in a state organization frequently tugged in several directions by local heavyweights.