NEW DELHI: The BJP has appointed new state presidents in four Indian states – Rajasthan, Bihar, Odisha, and Delhi – as part of its efforts to strengthen the party’s presence in these regions. The appointments were announced by party National President J.P. Nadda on March 23, 2023.
Virender Sachdeva, who was the working state president in Delhi, has now been given full-time responsibility by the party. This move is expected to give a boost to the BJP’s prospects in the national capital region, where it is in direct competition with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
In Rajasthan, the party has decided to replace current state president Satish Punia with Lok Sabha MP C.P. Joshi. The move comes in the wake of ongoing infighting within the state unit of the BJP, which has been a cause for concern for the party’s central leadership.
Similarly, in Bihar, the party has appointed Member of Legislative Council Samrat Chowdhary as the new state president. This is seen as a strategic move by the BJP to consolidate its position in the state, where it faces stiff competition from the ruling Janata Dal (United) and the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
In Odisha, former minister Manmohal Samal has been appointed as the new state president. This move is aimed at strengthening the party’s position in the state, which has traditionally been a stronghold of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD).
Overall, the appointments of new state presidents in these four states are part of the BJP’s efforts to revamp its organizational structure ahead of the crucial assembly elections scheduled in several states in the coming months. The party is hoping to capitalize on the anti-incumbency wave against the ruling parties in these states and emerge victorious in the upcoming polls.