The Bharatiya Janata Party today announced several top-level appointments in various states. In a significant political play, Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary, a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government and a member of the Legislative Council, has been made its UP President. Mr Chaudhary is from Western UP’s Jat community and has reportedly been appointed to consolidate Jat votes for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections as the traditional BJP voter base might be slipping away from the ruling party after last year’s massive protests against the contentious and now-revoked farm bills.
Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary, Minister of Panchayati Raj in the state cabinet, replaces Swatantra Dev Singh — an OBC leader from southern UP.
Experts say Mr Chaudhary’s appointment could potentially dent the influence of the Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance in west UP where the Jat community has a hold over around 20 Lok Sabha seats.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath congratulated Mr Chaudhary on his appointment, saying his “energetic leadership” will set new benchmarks for the party’s success.
“Hearty congratulations and best wishes to senior and popular politician Shri Bhupendra Singh Choudhary ji on becoming the President of @BJP4UP
Undoubtedly, under your energetic leadership, BJP will set new benchmarks of success in the state with the spirit of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’,” he tweeted in Hindi.
वरिष्ठ व जनप्रिय राजनेता श्री भूपेंद्र सिंह चौधरी जी को @BJP4UP का अध्यक्ष बनने पर हार्दिक बधाई एवं शुभकामनाएं।
निःसंदेह, आपके ऊर्जावान नेतृत्व में भाजपा ‘सबका साथ, सबका विकास, सबका विश्वास, सबका प्रयास’ भाव के साथ प्रदेश में सफलता के नए प्रतिमान स्थापित करेगी।@Bhupendraupbjp
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) August 25, 2022
Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary, who is considered close to Home Minister Amit Shah, was suddenly called to Delhi by the party on Wednesday.
Rajeev Bhattacharya was appointed as Tripura BJP President and the party’s national Vice President Saudan Singh has been made the election in charge of Himachal Pradesh.
Devendra Singh Rana has been appointed as joint election in charge for Himachal Pradesh.