JP Nadda appoints K Surendran as Kerala BJP chief; Vishnu Dutt Sharma made in-charge of MP, Dal Bahadur Chauhan gets Sikkim

Vishnu Dutt Sharma, who was the national general secretary of the ABVP, had joined the BJP in 2013

Press Trust of India February 15, 2020 18:35:23 IST
JP Nadda appoints K Surendran as Kerala BJP chief; Vishnu Dutt Sharma made in-charge of MP, Dal Bahadur Chauhan gets Sikkim
  • Vishnu Dutt Sharma, was appointed as the chief BJP's Madhya Pradesh unit

  • Sharma, who was the national general secretary of the ABVP, had joined the BJP in 2013

  • Besides Madhya Pradesh, Nadda has also appointed Dal Bahadur Chauhan and K Surendran as new presidents of the party's Sikkim and Kerala units

Bhopal: BJP's Madhya Pradesh general secretary and MP from Khajuraho, Vishnu Dutt Sharma, was appointed as the state unit chief of the party on Saturday.

JP Nadda appoints K Surendran as Kerala BJP chief Vishnu Dutt Sharma made incharge of MP Dal Bahadur Chauhan gets Sikkim

File image of JP Nadda. PTI

BJP national general secretary Arun Singh made this announcement in an official communique. "BJP chief honourable Jagat Prakash Nadda ji has appointed Shri Vishnu Dutt Sharma as the president of the Madhya Pradesh unit," it said.

Besides Madhya Pradesh, Nadda has also appointed Dal Bahadur Chauhan and K Surendran as new presidents of the party's Sikkim and Kerala units.

With this, Sharma (49) has replaced Rakesh Singh, believed to be a trusted lieutenant of Union Home Minister and former BJP chief Amit Shah.

Speculations were rife in the state BJP that Rakesh Singh, an MP from Jabalpur, might get another term. He had last month organised a grand pro-Citizenship Amendment Act rally in his constituency, which was attended by Amit Shah.

However, the BJP leadership picked Sharma for the post, a move that has come as a surprise to many. Sharma, who is popularly known as VD, is a staunch follower of the RSS.

He is credited for strengthening the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students' wing of the RSS, in Madhya Pradesh in 1990s.

Sharma, who was the national general secretary of the ABVP, had joined the BJP in 2013. With Sharma's appointment, the BJP leadership has given yet another key post to a Brahmin leader in Madhya Pradesh after Gopal Bhargava, who is the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly.

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