Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, Mar 12:
Six party leaders from the Odisha unit have been chosen for the BJP’s national executive that was announced in New Delhi today.
They are—Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray and senior party leaders Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Bijay Mohapatra and Suresh Pujari.
Besides, state unit president KV Singhdeo and Basant Panda have been selected as special invitees in the National Executive.
Surprisingly, HRD minister Smriti Irani and Union ministers Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Najma Heptullah have been dropped from the 111-member National Executive announced by BJP National President Amit Shah today.
The 111-member national executive comprises top party leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, besides a host of top party leaders.
All the eight chief ministers of BJP-ruled states and two deputy chief ministers, including in Jammu and Kashmir where the party shares power with PDP, 24 former chief ministers and three former deputy chief ministers are permanent invitees to the national executive.
The BJP chief has also made 40 senior leaders from across the country special invitees to the national executive. The new list comes ahead of the party’s national executive meeting and party’s restructuring by Shah.
Among those who are part of the new national body are party veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, besides Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, M Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Kalraj Mishra, Narendra Singh Tomar, Harsh Vardhan, Bandaru Dattatreya and Radha Mohan Singh.
Others include Yashwant Sinha, Vinay Katiyar, CP Thakur, Jual Oram, S S Ahluwalia, Vijay K Malhotra, besides Hukumdev Narayan Singh, L Ganeshan, Lalji Tandon, O Rajgopal, Tathagat Roy, Gulab Chand Katariya and Subramanyam Swami.
Young ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan, Rajeev Pratap Rudy, Prakash Javadekar, (Gen) V K Singh, Suresh Prabhu, Birendra Singh, Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman are also part of the new executive.
Other leaders like Varun Gandhi, Tapir Gaon, Vijay Goel, Satpal Maharaj, Bishwabhushan Harichandan, Bijay Mahapatra and PK Krishna Das, V Shanmughanathan, are also its members.
Party’s firebrand leaders like Yogi Adityanath and Navjot Singh Sidhu are part of the executive, while Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti is a special invitee.
All the BJP chief ministers Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Raman Singh, Vasundhra Raje Scindia, Anandiben Patel, Raghuvar Das, Devendra Gandadharrao Fadnavis, Manohar Lal Khattar and Laxmikant Parsekar, besides deputy Chief Ministers Fracesco De D’souza and Nirmal Singh are also invitees.
Besides, all Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council party leaders, state presidents of all states, all General Secretaries (Organisation) will be special invitees in National Executive.
Notably, BJP’s new National Executive is likely to meet in April this year in Bangalore.