New Delhi: BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Sunday asked his predecessor and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Rajnath Singh to pay special attention to the state going to polls early next year.
In a statement, the BJP said Gadkari has asked Singh to
pay special attention to party affairs in the state ahead of
the forthcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Sources said this development is not aimed at clipping
the wings of firebrand leader Uma Bharti, who will continue to
garner support of the upper caste through the Ram temple and
other Hindutva issues as well as attract the OBC voters.
However, Singh`s new job may put Kalraj Mishra- who is
BJP Election Committee chief in UP- in the shadow as Singh is
a more prominent leader. But the BJP`s aim is to attract the
Brahmins and the Thakurs through these two leaders.
Rajnath Singh will also be looking after the BJP`s
election campaign in Uttarakhand where Chief Minister Ramesh
Pokhriyal Nishank has allegedly drawn the ire of the people as
his government is perceived to be corrupt.
BJP General Secretary Dharmendra Pradhan will be
Singh`s deputy in Uttarakhand.
Another party general secretary and BJP spokesperson
Jagat Prakash Nadda will be election in-charge of Punjab where
Assembly polls will be held along with UP and Uttarakhand.
Other appointments made today by Gadkari include
Harshvardhan (Haryana in-charge), Jagdish Mukhi (Jammu and
Kashmir in-charge), Anil Jain (co-incharge, Jammu and
Kashmir), Shyam Jaju (Himachal Pradesh co-incharge), Navjyot
Singh Sidhu and Rameshwar Chaurasia (both Delhi co-incharge).