Thursday, June 20, 2024

Several stalwarts dropped, Chuba Ao retained as BJP national VP

M Chuba Ao
M Chuba Ao (Courtesy: Twitter)

Our Spl Correspondent
NEW DELHI, JULY 29: Gearing up for ensuing Assembly elections in key States including politically sensitive Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and Lok Sabha polls next year, BJP chief JP
Nadda on Saturday carried out key reshuffle of the national office bearers.
Several stalwarts including the likes of Dilip Ghosh from West Bengal and Sunil Deodhar, once architect of party’s spectacular win in Tripura in 2018, have been dropped.
Senior Naga leader M Chuba Ao has been, however, retained as a national vice president showing party central leadership’s trust in him. Chuba Ao, a former BJP state unit chief in Nagaland, had joined the saffron party in 1991 at a time when politicians used to “stay away from the Hindutva-based outfit”.
In fact, Chuba was taken in the previous BJP office bearers’ team in September 2020 when he was made a national vice president by Nadda. He was made in-charge of Meghalaya and the senior leader has been shouldering various party works including in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
The BJP’s ‘Team Nadda’ and Chuba in it probably has a political message. Nagaland has been one of the most Congress-friendly States for decades. But never in the Congress were Naga leaders given such importance and high posts in the party organisation at the national level, a source claimed.
Of course, veteran Hokishe Sema was included in the AICC Strategy Team during PV Narasimha Rao’s stint and the panel was headed by Pranab Mukherjee. For his part, Jamir served as Deputy Railway Minister between 1968 and 1970 and have been Chairman of North East Congress Coordination Committee from time to time.
Both Hokishe and Jamir were made Governors at different times.
Former West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has been dropped while Anil Antony, son of veteran Congress leader AK Antony, has been made a national secretary. In a major move, Nadda appointed an ex-Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor, Tariq Mansoor also as national vice president. Another minority face, Abdullah Kutty from Kerala, is also in new list. The new list has 13 national vice-presidents, 9 general secretaries, including BL Santhosh as the in-charge of party organisation, and 13 secretaries.
Lately, BJP MP in Rajya Sabha, S Phangnon Konyak, has been also getting importance. She is serving in key parliamentary panels. Last week, she became the first Naga leader to preside over the proceedings in Rajya Sabha as a Vice Chairperson.
From the Northeast, Dilip Saikia has been dropped and instead Rajya Sabha MP, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa replaced him as a national secretary.
“Congratulations to all the newly appointed @BJP4India office bearers including my friend and valued colleague in the Rajya Sabha, @KamakhyaTasa Ji as National Secretary. Wishing you all the best in the service of the nation”, Phangnon tweeted.