Akbar, a Congress MP from Kishanganj in Bihar between 1989 and 1991, was appointed national spokesman by BJP chief Rajnath Singh. He was also a Congress party spokesperson in 1989 ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
Rajnath Singh also appointed Arun Singh as in charge of the party's affairs in Odisha where assembly elections are also being held along with Lok Sabha elections.
Akbar joined the BJP last week, in the run up to the Lok Sabha election.
He said Narendra Modi is a leader who can offer a vision for India's future and hence backed him. He also said in a recent interview that the condition of the Muslims have developed under Modi's administration and that the leader had to undergo a lot of scrutiny because of the riots while there are leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Tarun Gogoi who never had to face any such experience despite their states facing serious riots.
[With agency inputs]