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Thursday, 20 August 2020

Devi Lal’s grandson among new district BJP chiefs

Geetanjali Gayatri

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19

A month after taking over as the state BJP chief, Om Prakash Dhankar on Wednesday took the first step towards building his own core team by announcing the names of new district chiefs. He has tried to balance the caste equation and local aspirations in the list, which has been released after taking party "heavyweights" into confidence.

Only two women — Archana Gupta (Panipat) and Gargi Kakkar (Gurugram) — have made it to the list of 22 names.

The interesting appointment is of Rai legislator Mohan Lal Kaushik, who will be incharge of Sonepat district unit. His appointment assumes significance since the Baroda Assembly seat, which falls in Sonepat district, is due for bypoll. The seat fell vacant following the demise of Congress MLA Shri Krishan Hooda. The BJP is going all out to add the seat to its kitty.

Young dynamic team

We've formed a young dynamic team with an average age of 45 years. They are experienced and raring to go. I've tried to give representation to all sections of society. My next agenda is to form the state body. —Om Prakash Dhankar, State BJP chief

Only three of the outgoing district presidents have been retained in the new list. Ajay Bansal (Rohtak), Gopal Sharma (Faridabad) and Ashok Kumar Dhand (Kaithal) will serve as district presidents for the second term.

To strengthen the party base in the home district of the Chautalas and develop its own leadership despite the BJP's alliance with the Janayak Janta Party (JJP), the party has given the charge of Sirsa district to Aditya Devi Lal, grandson of late Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal.

Among others to be appointed are party's Kisan Morcha state secretary Raj Kumar Saini (Kurukshetra), and state executive members Satyender Parmar (Dadri), Raju Mor (Jind) and Vikram Kadian (Jhajjar), son of former MLA Om Prakash Beri. Kadian had unsuccessfully contested the Assembly elections from Beri last year.

Hisar district president Capt Bhupinder is a former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, while the new Yamunanagar district chief Rajesh Sapra is the personal secretary to Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti, Rattan Lal Kataria, and has served the party in various capacities.

Dhankar said, "My next agenda is to form the state body. Since this list came in a month of me taking over, the next one will also be out after a month."

Meanwhile, Khattar congratulated the newly appointed district unit chiefs.



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