27 July, 2021

Cards Reshuffled

What marks BJP’s organisational reshuffle: an old Bengal party hand fuming as he makes way for an ex-TMC migrant, some old spokespersons exiting. As also RSS man Ram Madhav.

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Mukul Roy, a former Mamata Banerjee loyalist, has been made a vice president of the BJP
Cards Reshuffled

The RSS  influence is waning in the BJP going by the organisational reshuffle under party president J.P. Nadda. This is visible in the exit of Ram Madhav and Muralidhar Rao as general secretaries along with Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey. Moreover, ‘outsiders’ like Trinamool Congress imports Mukul Roy and Anupam Hazra have been accommodated as office-bearers, with an eye on the West Bengal elections next year. Roy, a former Mamata Banerjee loyalist, has been made BJP vice president and Hazra has edged out Rahul Sinha, a party veteran from the state, as national secretary. Sinha, who once headed the state unit, has made his displeasure public. “For 40 years I have served the BJP as a soldier. I have to step aside because a Trinamool Congress leader is coming—there can be nothing more unfortunate than this reward for serving the BJP since birth,” he said in a video message on Twitter.

Poll-bound Bihar is another factor in the reshuffle, with former Union minister Radha Mohan Singh being ­inducted as vice president and Bihar MLC Sanjay...

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