NATIONAL TEAM OF BJP ANNOUNCED TODAY BY SH.RAJNATH SINGH JI
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi appears set for a bigger role at
the national level in BJP ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls with the
party on Sunday re-inducting him into the Central Parliamentary board,
its top decision-making body.
62-year-old Modi is the only
serving Chief Minister to be included in the Parliamentary Board by BJP
President Rajnath Singh, who announced his new 76-member teamto steer
the party into the next general elections.
Modi comes back to
the party's top body after a gap of six years after having been removed
from the Board by Singh during his previous tenure as party president,
ending speculation over the Chief Minister's future role at the national
level in BJP.
Modi, who has been projected by a section within
BJP as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate, has also been included
in BJP's Central Election Committee, headed by Singh.
new team has 12 Vice Presidents, 10 General Secretaries, 15 Secretaries
and seven Spokespersons, besides a 12-member Central Parliamentary
Board, a 19-member Central Election Committee and a five-member Central
Among the new faces in Singh's team are
former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti and Modi's confidant
Amit Shah who have been made Vice President and General Secretary
respectively. Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi has also been elevated as the
party's General Secretary.
Party's senior leader and former
Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha has not found a place in Singh's team.
Among those who have been dropped include Najma Heptulla, Hema Malini
and Shanta Kumar as Vice Presidents and Vasundhara Raje as General
Smriti Irani, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat and considered close to Modi, has also been promoted as Vice President.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda has been given the post
of Vice President while Rajiv Pratap Rudy has been elevated as General
Durg MP Saroj Pandey has been made the new president
of BJP Mahila Morcha, while Anurag Thakur continues as Yuva Morcha
President in the new team.
While Prakash Javadekar, Shahnawaz
Hussain and Nirmala Sitharaman will continue as Spokespersons, the new
additions are Vijay Sonkar Shashtri, Sudhanshu Trivedi, Meenakshi Lekhi
and Capt Abhimanyu.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is BJP's Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha, has been dropped as the Chief Spokesperson of the party.
Poonam Mahajan, daughter of late party leader Pramod Mahajan, has found
a place in Singh's team and has been made a Secretary, while Punjab's
former Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla is also a new inclusion and
has been given the post of Vice President.
S S Ahluwalia, who was earlier BJP's Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha, will be a Vice President.
The new BJP team, which has adequate representation of women, includes
tribal face Jual Urao as Vice President and Luise Marandi from Jharkhand
The 12-member Central Parliamentary Board headed
by Singh has top party leaders Atal Behari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Murli
Manohar Joshi, M Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Arun
Jaitley, Ananth Kumar, Thawar Chand Gehlot and Ram Lal in it, besides
Modi who was inducted today.
All these top leaders alongwith
Gopinath Munde, Jual Oran, Shahnawaz Hussain, Vinay Katiyar, J P Nadda
and Dr Harshwardhan are part of the party's Central Election Committee.
Mahila Morcha chief Saroj Pandey is the ex-officio member of this
The new Vice Presidents also include Mukhtar Abbas
Naqvi, C P Thakur, Balbir Punj, Satpal Malik, Prabhat Jha, Bijyo
Chakravarti and Kiran Maheshwari, while the other General Secretaries
are Ananth Kumar, Thawar Chand Gehlot, J P Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan,
Tapir Gao, Murlidhar Rao and Ram Lal, who will continue as Organising
Secretary of the party.
V Satish and Soudan Singh will be the
new Joint General Secretaries (Organisation), while Shyam Jaju,
Bhupendra Yadav, Krishan Das, Anil Jain, Vinod Pandey, Trivendra Rawat,
Rameshwar Chaurasiya, Aaarti Mehra, Renu Kushwaha, Sudha Yadav, Sudha
Malaiya, Tamil Isai and Vani Tripathi are Secretaries.
Paswan has been made President of the BJP SC Morcha and Faggan Singh
Kulaste President of the ST Morcha, Abdul Rashid will head the Minority
Morcha and Om Prakash Dhankar will head the party's Kisan Morcha.
Rajya Sabha MP Piyush Goyal has been retained as Treasurer and O P
Kohli as Headquarter Incharge, while former MP Ramkripal Sinha will be
Office Secretary of Parliamentary Party and Shanmuknathan as Joint
Office Secretary of the Parliamentary Party.
Central Disciplinary Committee has Radha Mohan Singh as President,
Jagdish Mukhi as Secretary and L Ganesahn, Hari Babu and Shyam Nandan
Singh as its members