State BJP panel named

More than two months after being appointed state BJP president, Lakshman Gilua today announced the party's working committee of over a 100 members, including the likes of chief minister Raghubar Das and former chief minister Arjun Munda.

By Our Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 8.11.16
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CM Raghubar Das presents a memento to BJP spokesperson Shaina NC in Ranchi on Monday. Telegraph picture

Ranchi, Nov. 7: More than two months after being appointed state BJP president, Lakshman Gilua today announced the party's working committee of over a 100 members, including the likes of chief minister Raghubar Das and former chief minister Arjun Munda.

Gilua, who will head the committee, had replaced Borio MLA Tala Marandi as state party president, after the latter was forced to resign over accusations of solemnising his son's marriage with a minor girl and for forming the BJP working committee without consulting senior leaders.

But Marandi found place in Gilua's team as member, along with the chief minister, Munda, Rajya Sabha MP Mukthar Abbas Naqvi, MP P.N. Singh, Karia Munda, Jayant Sinha, Ramtahal Choudhary, Nishikant Dubey, B.D. Ram, and Koderma MP Ravindra Kumar Rai, among others.

Santhal Pargana heavyweight Hemlal Murmu was appointed as one of the seven vice-presidents. Murmu was mostly on the sidelines after joining the BJP and losing the 2014 general elections from Rajmahal constituency.

Others on the vice-president list are Jamshedpur MP Bidyut Baran Mahto, Usha Pandey, S.N. Tiwari (Garhwa MLA), Samir Oraon, Aditya Sahu and Priya Singh.

While Chatra MP Sunil Kumar, former vice-president Deepak Prakash and Rajmahal MLA Anant Ojha were made general secretaries, seven others were named state secretaries, including Hatia MLA Naveen Jaiswal, who defected to BJP from JVM.

Rajya Sabha MP Mahesh Poddar is treasurer. Gilua appointed former IAS officer J.B. Tubid as spokesperson, along with five others.

Md Sona Khan and Amit Kumar will head the party's minority cell and youth wing, respectively. Khijri MLA Ramkumar Pahan was appointed president of ST cell, Arti Singh of women cell, Amardip Yadav of OBC cell and Jyotirishwar Singh of Kishan Morcha.

The announcement has not gone down well with middle-rung leaders."The principle of one-man, one-post was ignored. MLAs and MPs dominate the committee. If same people who fight elections are given importance in the committee, then it leads to organisational imbalance. Those who are connected to grass-roots politics should have got preference," said a leader.