Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday made organizational reshuffling in Uttar Pradesh. The party appointed OBC Leader, Swatantra Dev Singh, as its new State Chief. Swatantra Dev Singh will be replacing the outgoing BJP President and Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey.
Sources claimed that BJP has a ‘one-person, one-post’ policy, wherein a minister cannot be a state president at the same time. Hence the replace for Mahendra Nath Singh was on cards ever since he was inducted in the Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet.
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Swatantra Dev Singh comes from Kurmi, OBC Caste, one of the most politically influential backward castes in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s move to pick a Kurmi, backward Caste Leader, for State Top is seen as its efforts to consolidate the voter base among the backward, who strongly voted for the party in the state Assembly and recent Lok Sabha elections.
Swatantra Dev Singh is currently a member of CM Yogi Adityanath led Council of Minister. Singh is an (MoS) Minister of State with Independent Charge for Transport & Protocol and Minister of State for Power in the Government of Uttar President.
Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Arun Singh in a statement stated that the BJP National President Amit Shah has appointed Singh as the new Chief of the Party for the state and he will assuming the office with immediate effect.
BJP new State President Swatantra Dev Singh was the party’s Madhya Pradesh In-charge in the Lok Sabha polls 2019. BJP performed exceptionally well in Madhya Pradesh and bagged 28 out of 29 seats from the state.
He is currently an MLC and sent to Legislative Council in September 2017.
As the new State Chief, Singh’s first test will be the upcoming by-polls in 11 assembly seats of the state. While he is also expected to step down from Ministerial post from Yogi Adityanath-led State Cabinet.
In the national polls, BJP in Uttar Pradesh bag 62 seats, an along with its ally Apna Dal, it took its tally to 64 Lok Sabha seats out of the total 80 Seats of the state.