Sunil Bansal, a longtime general secretary (organisation) in Uttar Pradesh, was appointed by BJP president J.P. Nadda to the position of national general secretary, responsible for West Bengal, Odisha, and Telangana. This appointment represents a significant organisational change.
Mr. Bansal has long held a position that is essential to overseeing the coordination and organisation of the party. He gained notoriety when Union Home Minister Amit Shah served as the party’s general secretary for Uttar Pradesh and the stunning 71-seat victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He closely collaborated with the national team during the other three elections in that State, the 2017 legislative elections, the 2019 general election, and the most recent assembly elections.
Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, and Mr. Bansal, according to sources in the BJP, did not exactly get along as well as the latter did with the national team and Mr. Shah, which senior leaders cited as the rationale for the organisational change.
It’s intriguing that Mr. Bansal will be in charge of West Bengal, where he replaces Kailash Vijayvargiya and where the party is desperately trying to regain its mojo, as well as States like Odisha and Telangana where the BJP wishes to expand.
The Deputy Chief Minister of the State and a close ally of the federal government, Keshav Maurya, was chosen to lead the BJP legislative party in the Legislative Council. Swatantra Dev Singh, BJP State President, was succeeded by him.
Mr. Bansal’s transfer from U.P. to Delhi fits into a larger pattern of recent changes to the roles of several individuals holding the position of general secretary (organisation). Arun Kumar, who had been there for some time but was very closely associated with national general secretary (organisation) B.L. Santhosh, was replaced by Rajesh G.V. of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh last month by Mr. Nadda. Rajesh G.V., one of the youngest people to hold that position, took Mr. Kumar’s place, showing that the party sought new blood in Karnataka, a vital state with no problems with the leadership’s legacy.
It is now known that Ajay Jamwal had some conflicts with the people in charge of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, two States that are slated for elections. Due to disagreements with Manthri Srinivasulu, general secretary (organisation) of the State, Bandi Sanjay Kumar, the leader of the BJP in Telangana, moved to Punjab.
The BJP’s joint general secretary for Uttar Pradesh, Karmveer Singh, has been transferred to Jharkhand.