CP Joshi appointed Rajasthan BJP President; Replaces Satish Poonia in surprising move
The decision comes just eight months ahead of the upcoming assembly elections.
JAIPUR: In a surprising move, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced a significant change in its Rajasthan organization, appointing Chittorgarh MP CP Joshi as the new state president, replacing Satish Poonia.
The decision comes just eight months ahead of the upcoming assembly elections. Poonia, who had completed his three-year term and received an extension, was expected to retain his position until the elections.
Both Joshi and Poonia have backgrounds in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), with 47-year-old Joshi, a former Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) member, considered close to the Sangh.
The announcement was made by state in-charge Arun Singh. Speculation suggests that Poonia may now take on a role in the national organization.
As the fight for the Chief Minister’s position intensifies within the Rajasthan BJP, the change in leadership has prompted discussions among political experts.
The party is also expected to appoint a new Leader of the Opposition soon, following the departure of Gulab Chand Kataria to serve as governor.
Satish Poonia assumed the role of BJP state president on September 15, 2019, serving for three and a half years. The party has a history of surprising appointments, as seen with the selection of Madan Lal Saini as state president over Ashok Parnami during the election year.