Chandan Mitra appointed as state BJP in-charge

Bhubaneswar: Nearly two months after handing over the baton to KV Singh Deo to lead the saffron party from front in the ensuing State polls, BJP national president Rajnath Singh on Sunday appointed senior party leader and national spokesperson Chandan Mitra as in-charge of Odisha.
 
The Rajya Sabha MP will replace Santosh Gangwar.
 
Similarly, senior BJP leader Arun Singh has been named as Odisha co-in-charge. 
 
According to sources, the party’s national general secretary and secretary in-charge of Karnataka, Dharmendra Pradhan will be in charge of Bihar. Pradhan is a Rajya Sabha member from Bihar. 
 
The party's vice-president and former Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram has been given the responsibility of national Scheduled Tribe (ST) morcha.
 
During his visit to Odisha, on May 15, Mitra had ruled out any alliance with its erstwhile partner BJD in the state for next elections.
 
"There will be no electoral understanding with the BJD. Neither pre-poll nor post-poll alliance with the ruling party is on our agenda," Mitra had said here.
 
Referring to the coal scam, Mitra had said alleged irregularities in Odisha should be investigated by the CBI.
 
"Though manipulation and misuse of CBI is being alleged by many, a probe must be initiated by the investigating agency wherever there are irregularities in coal and mining sector", the BJP MP had said.