New Delhi: Disgraced ex-BJP chief Bangaru
Laxman has made a comeback in the party`s new team as election
in-charge of Tamil Nadu while Varun Gandhi and Vinay Katiyar
have been appointed in the same capacity for Assam and West
The much-awaited list of BJP in-charges of various states
and party cells was declared today, seven months after Nitin
Gadkari took over as president.
While Ananth Kumar, who was appointed general secretary
in-charge of Bihar earlier, has been given charge of Madhya
Pradesh as well, Gadkari has not appointed any election
in-charge for the poll-bound state or for Uttar Pradesh which
goes to polls in 2012.
Laxman, who was in oblivion since he was caught on
camera accepting cash in a sting operation, has been given
charge of Tamil Nadu to send across a message that BJP is
wooing the Dalit voters as part of Gadkari`s strategy to
increase BJP`s votebank by 10 per cent, party sources said.
Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri, who has
also been in the shadows for some months now, will be overall
in-charge of Tamil Nadu.
Varun Gandhi`s appointment as election in-charge of Assam
indicates that the BJP is looking at polarisation of votes,
especially in lower Assam in view of large-scale illegal
migration from Bangladesh.
BJP has often alleged that these people have got
citizenship over the years and changed the demographic profile
of the state.
Varun, who was in the news during 2009 Lok Sabha polls
for his hate speech against the minorities, may also sway
votes of labourers who have migrated from Uttar Pradesh and
Bihar to Assam and settled there.
Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari
will be election in-charge of Jharkhand where the party feels
polls may be held any time due to political instability.
However, many were surprised at the appointment of party
vice-president Vinay Katiyar as poll in-charge of West Bengal.
Interestingly, the overall charge of the state has been given
to Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra. Polls are due in the
state next year.