Mumbai: Swatantra Dev Singh has been appointed as BJP’s Uttar Pradesh president, replacing Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey.
Mr Pandey was inducted in the Union Cabinet, necessitating a change of guard in the state.
Singh’s appointment is seen as part of the BJP’s effort to consolidate its support among the OBCs, who strongly backed it in the state Assembly and recent Lok Sabha polls.
Swatantra Dev Singh, an OBC leader who hails from Mirzapur but is also associated with the Bundelkhand region, is UP’s state transport minister.
The decision comes a day after chief minister Yogi Adityanath met party chief Amit Shah and working president JP Nadda in Delhi.