BJP constitutes key-poll committees with senior ministers

BJP president Amit Shah today constituted key committees to with senior union ministers for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, so that to mobilise the entire strength of the party. While Union Minister Rajnath Singh will  head 20-member `Sankalp Patra (manifesto) committee, Finance Minister Arun Jatiley will lead publicity committee. Amit Shah formed as many as 17 groups in preparation for the polls.

Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shiraj Singh Chouhan are the other members of the committee tasked with preparing the party’s manifesto. Jaitley will also be a member of this committee.

Uttar Pradesh and Bihar deputy chief ministers- Keshav Prasad Maurya and Sushil Modi- party general secretaries Bhupender Yadav and Ram Madhav, former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane, former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda are among the other members of the manifesto committee.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari will head a 17-member committee which will reach out to social and volunteer organisations, while his Cabinet colleague Sushma Swaraj will head a group that will produce literature for the polls. Prasad will head the party’s media group, while Union minister Prakash Javadekar will lead the wing which will organise meetings of intellectuals.

Earlier, the BJP appointed Union ministers JP Nadda and Piyush Goyal as Lok Sabha election 2019 in-charge for Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu respectively. Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be in-charge for Delhi, former minister Kalraj Mishra for Haryana. Avinash Rai Khanna has been roped in for Tripura, and Jammu and Kashmir.

Goyal has been given the responsibility for Puducherry, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao will be the Lok Sabha election in-charge for Karnataka. Last month, the party had appointed in-charges for 17 states.

Keeping in mind the political importance of Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 lawmakers to the Lok Sabha and where the party is expected to face a tough fight from the proposed alliance between the BSP and SP, BJP chief Amit Shah has appointed three in-charges for the state — Govardhan Jhadapiya, Dushyant Gautam and Narottam Mishra.

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