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BJP Appoints Party Seniors to Oversee Local Body Polls | India News


NEW DELHI: For the first time, the BJP on Sunday appointed national officials and Union ministers to oversee polls by local bodies in different states, in what is seen as an attempt by the party to outwit rivals and take control of local agencies to expand their base level base.
The general secretary, Bhupender Yadav, was appointed responsible for the ballot box elections of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. In a statement, the party said that its chairman JP Nadda had also appointed Union Minister Anurag Thakur as the election manager for the upcoming local elections in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
K Sudhakar, Minister of Karnataka; Ashish Shelar, BJP head whip at the Maharashtra assembly; Gujarat BJP leader Pradip Singh Vaghela and Karnataka BJP MLA Sathish Reddy will be charged with Yadav for GHMC polls, according to the statement. The party’s spokesman, Shahnawaz Hussain, and his Madhya Pradesh MP, Sanjay Bhatia, will co-run the J&K elections.
With the BJP making great strides in Telangana, first seen in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and then emphasized by its surprise victory over TRS in a recent convention, the party is looking to GHMC polls to make a political statement in the state.
It is likely to aggressively target the ruling TRS and its ally AIMIM, which has strong support in Muslim areas of the state capital, to emerge as a force in the GMCH.
The appointment of a national secretary general to take care of city polls underscores the importance that the saffron party has attached to the polls. Yadav, who played a crucial role in the BJP’s victory in Bihar, has been hired as general secretary in charge of Gujarat and Bihar.

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