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BJP names poll minders

New Delhi, July 30: BJP president Amit Shah appointed Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan as the central minder for the Jharkhand elections. He will be assisted by Rajya Sabha MP Bhupendra Yadav.

The duo has replaced Vinod Pandey who used to be the central in-charge of Jharkhand.

Pandey is a member of the Uttar Pradesh legislative council and was regarded as a proxy of the former BJP president, Rajnath Singh, who always had a close association with Jharkhand.

Pradhan looked after Bihar in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls and was among those credited with pulling off an alliance with the Lok Janshakti Party and the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party of Upendra Kushwaha with Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain.

Yadav helped Vasundhara Raje during the Rajasthan elections.

He was elected to the Upper House from Rajasthan.

The Jharkhand appointments, announced through an official press note, presage the start of a big party reorganisation by Shah.

In the days to come, he is expected to announce central minders for Maharashtra, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir, the other poll-bound states.