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Chandrashekhar appointed general secretary (organization) of Rajasthan BJP

The post was lying vacant since 2009.

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February 1, 2018, 3:56 pm

Chandrashekhar Rajasthan BJP general secretary

Chandrashekhar appointed general secretary (organisation) in Rajasthan BJP.

Jaipur: Chandrashekhar who played a role in BJP’s thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh has been appointed general secretary (organization) of the party’s Rajasthan unit.

The post had been lying vacant since 2009. The previous general secretary Prakash Chandra was removed following his differences with chief minister Vasundhara Raje and senior BJP leaders in Rajasthan.

Chandrashekhar’s appointment has come nearly 15 months before the assembly elections are to take place in Rajasthan.

Chandrashekhar was credited with strengthening the party in several regions of Uttar Pradesh and the same achievement is expected from him in Rajasthan over the next few months. Chandrashekhar is considered close to BJP national president Amit Shah.

Sources in Rajasthan BJP told The PinkCity Post that activities at organizational level were getting affected in the state as the post of general secretary was lying vacant. It was also negatively affecting coordination between BJP and RSS leaders at the state level.

RSS leaders and workers had participated in agitations against the government which was a cause of concern for the party high command.  The fraction between party leaders and RSS leaders came to fore when a farmer’s body associated with RSS staged demonstrations against Vasundhara Raje government. Senior RSS leaders distanced themselves and refused to intervene.

There are reports that senior BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari who has taken on chief minister Raje has the backing from some RSS leaders.

The issue of the post lying vacant was brought to the notice of BJP national president Shah when he was on a three-day visit to Jaipur last month.

Chandrashekhar was organization secretary of Uttar Pradesh (Paschim).

Chandrashekhar entered politics as an RSS pracharak. He joined BJP in 2013 and became the organizing secretary of Kashi. Organizing secretary is the most powerful post after the president in BJP. He was given the responsibility of ‘mini-PMO’ in Varanasi that was set up after Narendra Modi won the elections from the constituency and became the prime minister.

First published: August 17, 2017