As part of significant changes in the Bharatiya Janata Party's top brass, the party has made two new appointments to the posts of BJP president in the states of Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. While former chief minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa has been appointed as that state's party chief, Keshav Prasad Maurya has taken up the post in Uttar Pradesh.
Yeddyurappa is currently the national vice president of the BJP, and is also a member of the Lok Sabha, representing the Shimoga constituency.
With elections due in the key state of Uttar Pradesh next year, Maurya will have a tough challenge on his hands early into his term.
The current president of Karnataka unit of BJP is Pralhad V Joshi.
Yeddyurappa became the frontrunner to take up the post of the party's Karnataka unit after the Supreme Court last year declined to intervene and revoke a Karnataka High Court order putting on hold his prosecution in a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Meanwhile, Vijay Sampla is likely to be appointed as the party chief of the BJP in Punjab.
Sampla is union Minister of State for Social Justice.
The current president of the Punjab unit of the BJP is Kamal Sharma.
The name of former cricketer and BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu was also being considered for the post. Sources said Sidhu declined the offer.
Punjab will be going to polls next year to elect its new assembly.
With inputs from agencies