Vajpayee, Advani, Joshi dropped from BJP’s Parliamentary Board
NEW DELHI: The generational shift in BJP was complete
on Tuesday with its founders Atal Behari Vajpayee, LK Advani and Murli Manohar
Joshi being dropped from the Parliamentary Board, the highest decision-making
body, which has the stamp of Prime Minister Narendra Modi all over now.
In a token gesture, ailing Vajpayee and Advani and
Joshi, for long the BJP’s ‘Trimurti’, now figure in the new five-member ‘Margdarshak
Mandal’ (guiding group) after being associated with the party for nearly four
Three-time Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chouhan and party general secretary JP Nadda are the new entrants to the BJP
Parliamentary Board which was reconstituted by newly-appointed chief Amit Shah.
The two have also been included in BJP’s Central
Election Committee, which decides on the party candidates to be fielded in
The 12-member Parliamentary Board chaired by Shah now
has Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin
Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jagat Prakash
Nadda and Ramlal as its members.
The new BJP President Amit Shah initiated the changes
after consultations with top BJP leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The five-member ‘Margdarshak Mandal’ also includes
Modi a decade back due to his ill health, had however been retained as NDA
Chairman. Advani was the Working Chairman of NDA before the Modi era.
The Central Election Committee was also reconstituted,
with firebrand leader from Uttar Pradesh Vinay Katiyar being dropped.
Former BJP Mahila Morcha President Saroj Pandey, who
was an ex-officio member of this Committee, has been replaced with Vijaya
Rahatkar the new Mahila Morcha chief who was earlier the former Aurangabad
Jual Oram, a Tribal face and union Tribal Affairs
Minister, marks his entry into the 15-member body. The other members of the CEC
are Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu,
Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jagat
Prakash Nadda, Ramlal and Shahnawaz Hussain besides Rahatkar.