Published On : Fri, Apr 8th, 2016

Amit Shah announces new team, Yeddyurappa returns as Karnataka BJP chief

New Delhi/Nagpur: BJP national president Amit Shah on Friday announced major organisational reshuffle in the party in a run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

According to ANI, while many old faces have been retained in the party, some new names have also been given important roles in the organisational structure.

As per reports, Dr K Laxman will now be the next BJP state president of Telangana, Tapir Gao has been appointed as the BJP state president of Arunachal Pradesh.

Keshav Prasad Maurya has been given charge of the party in Uttar Pradesh while Vijay Sampla has been made chief of the party’s state unit in Punjab.

Interestingly, veteran Lingayat strongman and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa has been given charge of BJP state president in Karnataka.

The return of BS Yeddyurappa is significant as he had quit the party nearly four years ago amid allegations of massive corruption.

The Karnataka BJP leader had returned to the party fold in early 2104, several months before the national elections.

Prior to his return to the party, Yeddyurappa also floated his own political party to contest the assembly elections in Karnataka, in which the Congress wrested the state from the BJP.

However, the BJP’s team of national office bearers has not seen much change.

Since being re-elected to the top party post on January 24, Amit Shah was expected to constitute a new team of office bearers and a national executive body of the party.

These include a maximum of 13 vice presidents, nine general secretaries and 15 secretaries.

It was speculated that out of the seven serving general secretaries – Ram Madhav, Bhupendra Yadav, Kailash Vijayvargiya, P Muralidhar Rao, Saroj Pandey, Arun Singh and Anil Jain – Shah will drop two.

It was also speculated that Shah will appoint a new president to its youth wing.

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha is currently headed by three-time MP Anurag Thakur and may be taken over by Poonam Mahajan, an MP from Mumbai and daughter of late BJP minister Pramod Mahajan.