Manoj Tiwari appointed Delhi BJP chief, takes charge
Hours after Tiwari's appointment, he reached the state BJP office where BJP leaders and workers accorded him a grand welcome.
In Bihar, Nityanand Rai has replaced Mangal Pandey as the new state BJP chief. Announcement of new party chiefs for these two states, where BJP had faced electoral drubbing under Shah’s presidentship, was pending for the last 10 months.
Though Tiwari was being touted as a front-runner for the post for the past few months, his announcement came as a surprise to some who felt he has been chosen over ‘dyed in the wool’ party leaders.
Tiwari was earlier with SP and had unsuccessfully contested against Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur in the 2009 polls. He had joined BJP close to the 2014 polls.
Nityanand Rai’s appointment as Bihar unit chief is also a bolt from the blue for many in BJP. A first-time MP from Ujarpur, Rai belongs to the Yadav community that has unflinchingly supported Lalu Prasad-led RJD. Shah apparently chose Rai as he does not belong to any camp in the deeply divided Bihar BJP and would hence rise above factional politics.