City BJP names new team

City BJP names new team

None of the sitting party legislators find place in list

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay announced his new team, in an indication of his party’s preparations for a possible fresh round of Assembly polls in the coming weeks.Upadhyay, 52, has taken three months, since his appointment as the Delhi BJP chief, to rejig the Delhi BJP.

Upadhyay said there was no need to read too much into the timing of the party revamp. “It will also help perform better in the November 25 Assembly by-polls,” he said. Sources in the party said the process of restructuring the city unit is also a step towards preparing for the big electoral battle for Delhi Assembly.

A crucial meeting on the fate of the Assembly is scheduled in the Supreme Court on Thursday.The general secretaries in Upadhyay’s new team include South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri, his second tenure in the post, and councillors Ashish Sood and Rekha Gupta.

After a marathon meeting on Tuesday night, the names of the new office bearers of the Delhi BJP were announced by spokesperson Harish Khurana.None of the 28 sitting legislators of the party has found a place in the team of Upadhyay, who himself a councillor of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Upadhyay has also appointed eight new vice-presidents: Abhay Verma, Vishakha Sailani, Tilak Raj Katari, Rajni Abby, Jai Prakash, Shikha Rai, Kiran Chaddha and Kuljeet Chahal.
Besides, eight new secretaries have also been appointed and Kamaljeet Shehrawat has been named the new women’s wing president.

Nakul Bhardwaj has been appointed the chief of the youth wing. Atif Rashid will head the Minorties’ Morcha, former legislator S C L Gupta will head the Poorvanchal Morcha and Ramesh Valmiki is the new head of the Scheduled Caste Morcha.

Aman Sinha, Poonam Jha Azad, Harish Khurana, Rajeev Barbara and Dipika Sharma have been appointed as spokesperson while Praveen Shankar Kapoor is the new media convenor in his team.

The new Delhi BJP chief has lived in the city for decades but belongs to the Poorvanchali community.His appointment indicated the party’s willingness to break from its conventional approach of handing the crucial post to either a Punjabi or a Vaish community leader.

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