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BJP entrusts Ramlal with crucial states
ABHINANDAN MISHRA  New Delhi | 15th Aug 2015

Despite speculation that BJP national general secretary (organisation) Ramlal will be sidelined by the party leadership, he has been entrusted with the responsibility of crucial states like Madhya Pradesh and Delhi in the latest organisational reshuffle by party president Amit Shah.

According to party sources, some senior party leaders had made a strong push for Ramlal's ouster. "A group of senior leaders were of the opinion that because of his age and the fact that he has been handling too many states for too long, he should be replaced, or at least be divested of some of his responsibilities. However, these suggestions were ignored by the party president, who took into account his clean image and organisational skills," a party functionary said.

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders said that apart from Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, Ramlal is also looking after the party's work in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

Senior BJP leader Saudan Singh, who will be managing the election campaign in Bihar, has been entrusted with heading the organisation in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Telangana and Orissa.

The responsibility for Rajasthan, earlier held by Saudan Singh, has now been given to national joint general secretary (organisation) V. Satish, whose work in Maharashtra was appreciated by the party. Satish is also in charge of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. He will be functioning from Mumbai. B.L. Santosh, who will be based in Bangalore, will oversee organisational affairs in the southern states.

Ram Madhav, who has risen rapidly in recent years, has been given charge of the Northeastern states in addition to his current responsibility for Jammu and Kashmir. The Northeast is considered crucial for the party in the long run.

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