1. Major reshuffle on cards in BJP at national level, but sitting chief ministers set to stay put

Major reshuffle on cards in BJP at national level, but sitting chief ministers set to stay put

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to go in for a major reshuffle in party's organisation, with president Amit Shah expected to start the process soon

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 2, 2017 12:14 PM
BJP president Amit Shah is expected to start the process of reshuffle in the party soon. (PTI)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to go in for a major reshuffle in party’s organisation, with president Amit Shah expected to start the process soon, an Indian Express report revealed. The report quoted some sources as saying that even as there have been demands for leadership changes by some factions in party’s state units, the party leadership is not likely to move any chief minister for now.

Earlier, there were speculations that chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan may be moved to the Centre in the next cabinet reshuffle. The report, however, quoted sources as saying that the party leadership do not plan to replace chief ministers in any state at the moment.

The paper quoted a BJP leader as saying that the party usually does not change leadership in a poll-bound state. “Since we have begun preparations for the 2019 elections, it is unlikely that the party would move its CMs in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan or Chhattisgarh. Such changes would have an impact on the perception of the party and its governments,” he was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

There will, however, be major changes in the organisation, the paper quoted top sources as saying. They added that there could be changes in the Central Election Committee and the Parliamentary Board apart from national office-bearers and in the party’s national executive. There are several vacancies in the organisation after the BJP formed the government in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

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UP cabinet ministers Mahendra Singh, Srikant Sharma and Siddharth Nath Singh vacated posts of secretaries in the organisation after moving to the state. Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat and UP Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma also resigned from posts of vice-presidents of the party.

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