PATNA: BJP parliamentarian Sanjay Jaiswal was on Saturday named the Bihar state president of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
Jaiswal who comes from the backward community is three-time Lok Sabha member from West Champaran seat and replaces Nityanand Rai who is a minister in the Narendra Modi government.
Jaiswal is known as non-controversial face of the BJP and his appointment assumes much significance ahead of the next year’s assembly polls.
Political circles are agog with the news that Jaiswal is being groomed as a replacement for “old guard” Sushil Kumar Modi who, for long, has been party’s backward face.
Modi’s recent remark about chief minister Nitish Kumar has caused split in the BJP. Modi has come under fire for strongly supporting Nitish Kumar as NDA’s Chief Ministerial face.
A section of party leaders such as Dr CP Thakur, Sanjay Paswan and Sachchidanand Rai however want that the BJP should have its own CM candidate this time, rather than rallying round Nitish—a move which has drawn strong criticisms from the JD-U.