Dharmendra Pradhan appointed BJP in-charge for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls
New Delhi, Sep 08: The BJP on Wednesday appointed Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan its in-charge for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, which is due to be held early next year.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has been appointed as its in-charge for the Punjab Assembly polls, which are due to be held early next year.
The party also drafted in a number of Union ministers and other leaders to assist them in the campaign, with Union ministers Anurag Singh Thakur, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Shobha Karandlaje and Annpurna Devi Yadav along with Saroj Pandey, Vivek Thakur and Captain Abhimanyu made co-incharges for the polls in Uttar Pradesh, a statement said.
The focus on the all-important Uttar Pradesh polls was apparent in the announcement made by the BJP as it also appointed organizational in-charges for its six regions.
MP Sanjay Bhatia, Bihar MLA Sanjiv Chaurasia, BJP national secretaries Y Satya Kumar and Arvind Menon, UP leader Sunil Ojha and the party's co-treasurer Sudhir Gupta will head the western Uttar Pradesh, Braj, Awadh, Gorakhpur, Kashi and Kanpur regions respectively.
West Bengal MP Locket Chatterjee and party spokesperson R P Singh are co-incharges for the Uttarakhand polls.
Union minister Pratima Bhoumik and Assam government minister Ashok Singhal will be co-incharges for the Manipur polls, the party statement said.
Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and Meenakshi Lekhi have been named co-incharges for the Punjab polls along with MP Vinod Chavda.
The BJP is at the receiving end of the farmers'' protests against three farm laws in Punjab, a state which is seen as the most affected by the stir.
The saffron party has been pulling out all the stops to emerge as a strong force in Punjab which is set for a multi-cornered contest among the ruling Congress, AAP, Shiromani Akali Dal-BSP alliance and the BJP.
The party is in power in UP, Uttarakhand and Manipur and has deployed its well-oiled election machinery to retain power there.
While its main challengers in Uttar Pradesh are Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party with the Congress trying hard to shore up its base, the BJP is in direct contest with the Congress in Uttarakhand and Manipur.
The BJP has not named its election minders for Goa, another state which will go the polls along with these four states early next year.