Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party State unit president Nand Kumar Chauhan has been replaced by Jabalpur MP and BJP Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Rakesh Singh.
The outgoing State BJP President Nand Kumar Chouhan has been inducted as a member to the National Executive of the party.
Chouhan’s resignation, along with that of his Rajasthan counterpart Ashok Parnani came on Wednesday, a day after the resignation of the Andhra Pradesh BJP chief K Hari Babu.
Even as talks were on for Chouhan’s repleacement in ruling BJP cirlces in Madhya Pradesh, he came under a huge controversy over his remark that people from the Pakistan side could have been involved in the brutal rape and murder of an 8-year old girl in the Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, an incident that has rocked not only the whole country but the entire world. Chouhan’s remark came after the Police had already arrested the accused in this case.
Singh, will now lead the BJP State organisation through the coming general election to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly. These elections are crucial from the BJP’s point of view as the party faces the challenge of anti-incumbency in the State after remaining in power continuously for three terms since 2003. The going for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh will be tough in the coming elections as the State Government led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been bombarded with major charges, including the Vyapam scam linked with medical entrance examination and recruitment across many state departments, besides rampant corruption and illegal mining. Also there is massive opposition among those belonging to the unreserved category in Madhya Pradesh. Anger is seething, especially among the youth from the non-SC/ST category over the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s utterances and stand on the reservation issue – particularly reservation in promotion for the SC/ST State government employees and officers. The outcome of the coming general election would go a long way to make or mar BJP’s prospects in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Singh is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and Union Minister Narendra singh Tomar, a ruling party heavyweight from Gwalior region.
Singh, a President of Jabalpur district unit of BJP since 2000, was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha from Jabalpur in 2004. After his re-election to Lok Sabha for the third term in May, 2014 , he has been Chairperson, Standing Committee on Coal & Steel, and Member, House Committee and the Lok Sabha Comittee on Privileges, Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence, General Purposes Committee, Hindi Advisory Committee on Defence and House Committe on Ethics.