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    JammuJK BJP unit likely to get New President, Jugal, Kavinder front runner

    JK BJP unit likely to get New President, Jugal, Kavinder front runner


    Jammu Tawi, July 5: Ahead of the assembly elections, the Jammu and unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party will be seeing a major reshuffle in the party structure in coming days including the party president.

    “The preparations for the assembly elections, which are yet to be officially announced, are in full swing for which the party level deliberations are being held with the high command,” party sources said.

    They said that a reshuffle in the BJP organisation is also on cards including an appointment of new J&K head.

    “Discussions at the top level are in progress with the J&K cadre and various names for different posts are into the pipeline with additional and new responsibilities,” they stated.

    Notably, on July 4, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President and Union Minister, Jagat Prakash Nadda in a party meeting at the national capital have asked the party unit to gear up for the upcoming Assembly elections.

    “The names of senior leaders comprising former MLAs, Member Parliaments and ex-J&K BJP heads are included in the list,” sources added and said but, the third time MP, Jugal Kishore Sharma and former Speaker Kavinder Gupta are the front runner for the post.

    Jugal from the year 2012 to 2015 remained the BJP president of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir while Kavinder Gupta, a very senior leader and former Speaker of J&K Legislative Assembly has strong roots among the party cadre. Possibilities of bringing some old guard sidelined by the present leadership may not be ruled out either.

    “Jugal Kishore Sharma, who scored a hat-trick in the , is considered to be the strongest contender for the presidential chair,” sources added and said that as he could not be accommodated in the council of ministers of the Modi government, will be the first choice for replacing Ravinder Raina, who is continuing as president since 2018 on extension. The party's experience at the national level giving extension in the tenure of national presidents and heads other states proved wrong as the seats and vote percentage declined significantly in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election.

    “In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, the BJP retained two seats in Jammu and Kashmir, but its vote share significantly decreased as there was a strong resentment among the party workers and people on repeating the candidates,” they said.

    “Shouldering responsibilities on new faces in Assembly Elections under the guidance of experienced leadership must be given due consideration by the party high command to revive the party in Jammu and Kashmir,” they said.

    As per the record, the BJP leaders who remained the J&K presidents are Thakur Baldev Singh (1980-1989), Prof. Chamanlal Gupta (1989-1994), Vaid Vishnudutt (1994-1996), Dayakrishna Kotwal (1996-2002), Dr. Nirmal Singh (2002-2006), Ashok Khajuria (2006-2010), Shamsher Singh Manhas (2010-2012), Jugal Kishore Sharma (2012-2015), Sat Sharma (2015-2018) and Ravindra Raina (from 2018 till date).

    “This year (2024) is the organizational restructuring year and the election for the post of president was scheduled to be held in 2023 itself, but due to the Lok Sabha elections, the process was delayed. New organisational structure in J&K will soon be constituted and announced by the party high command,” they added.

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