Amit Shah appoints Sreedharan Pillai Kerala BJP chief; Sunil Deodhar made Andhra Pradesh co-in-charge
In other appointments, Amit Shah made former Kerala BJP chief and Rajya Sabha member V Muraleedharan as Andhra Pradesh in-charge
New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah Monday appointed PS Sreedharan Pillai as the party's Kerala chief and elevated Sunil Deodhar, credited for playing an important role in its massive win in Tripura polls, as national secretary.
Deodhar, who was the party's in-charge for Tripura, has been made co-incharge for Andhra Pradesh, where the Lok Sabha and assembly elections are scheduled to be held together in 2019, according to a party statement.
The party appointed former Scheduled Castes 'morcha' head Dushyant Kumar Gautam as vice president in the organisation, the statement said, adding Y Satya Kumar as national secretary.
In other appointments, Shah made former Kerala BJP chief and Rajya Sabha member V Muraleedharan as Andhra in-charge.
Pillai will replace Kummanam Rajasekharan, who was appointed by the Union government as Mizoram governor in May after he was seen to be unable to take all party factions together in a state where Shah has nursed high hopes.
While Rajasekharan was seen as a Hindutva hardliner, Pillai, also a former state party president, is considered a moderate and somebody who can unite the party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
IMD predicts downpour in Kerala, Karnataka; Here's why southern states are receiving unprecedented rainfall
Several parts of southern India have received heavy rainfall during the northeast monsoon since the first week of November due to frequent formations of low-pressure areas in the Bay of Bengal and cyclonic circulation in the Arabian Sea.
BJP vice-president Dilip Ghosh said in Kolkata that the results of Tripura civic polls have exposed the 'hollowness' of TMC's claims of having made inroads into the northeastern state
The weather department has also made predictions of heavy rainfall in the regions of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal for the next five days and on 25 and 26 November in Mahe and Kerala