New Delhi: The West Bengal BJP chief had to
step down on Saturday for poor performance of the party in the Lok
Sabha polls, a day after Vasundhara Raje bowed to pressure
from the central leadership and quit as Leader of Opposition
in the Rajasthan Assembly.
West Bengal BJP president Satyabrat Mukherjee resigned
from his post to abide with the party decision to remove all
unit heads in states where the party had performed badly in
the Lok Sabha polls, party sources said. His resignation was
accepted by Rajnath Singh.
Mukherjee has been replaced by Rahul Sinha, who was
nominated as the West Bengal state unit president of the
party by Singh today.
However, the party leadership maintains that new state
unit presidents are being appointed as country-wide
organisational elections are on to elect office-bearers from
block level upwards.
State unit presidents of BJP in Haryana, Rajasthan,
Uttarakhand and other states where the party performed poorly
had sent in their resignations to Singh. They have been
replaced by the party high command.