Uttar Pradesh government minister Bhupendra Chaudhary has been appointed as the new president of the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The letter issued by party general secretary Arun Singh said, “BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda ji has appointed Bhupendra Singh, Member Legislative Council, as the state president of Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party. This appointment will come into force with immediate effect.”
Chaudhary’s appointment is being seen as an attempt to woo the politically dominant Jat community. The Jat community played a leading role in a year-long agitation in the capital Delhi and other parts of the country against the controversial three agricultural laws of the central government.
Chaudhary will succeed Swatantra Dev Singh, who is presently a minister in the Yogi government. Chief Minister Yogi is from Eastern Uttar Pradesh. In such a situation, the BJP wants to achieve regional balance by appointing Chaudhary as the state president. Chaudhary belongs to Western Uttar Pradesh.
Bhupinder, considered close to Home Minister Amit Shah, has good organizational experience as he has been in-charge of western UP from 2011-18. He is a minister who is constantly on the move, taking stock of schools, roads and health facilities in rural areas. Born in 1966 to a family of farmers, Chaudhary joined the BJP in 1991. He has studied till class 12th.
In his only election, he faced SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav from Sambhal in 1999 and he lost the election and finished second. Chaudhary’s selection is considered acceptable to both the party and the government.
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