Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Wednesday appointed Dharmendra Pradhan as incharge and Bhupender Yadav as co-incharge of elections in Jharkhand. Dharmendra Pradhan is a Union minister (with Independent charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas whereas Bhupender Yadav is a BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan.
Jharkhand is set to go on polls by the end of the year and several key political players of the state are clamouring to regroup and strategise for the same. The significant parties in Jharkhand are Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Janata Dal (United) JD(U).
President Amit Shah had held meetings with BJP's Jharkhand units to prepare for the elections. Read more
Another BJP senior member who has been making his presence felt is Yashwant Sinha. Earlier this month Sinha was released on bail with other party workers after they protested against the electricity crisis. LK Advani had even declared Sinha as the 'right person' to be the next Jharkhand chief minister. Read more
Jharkhand has seen a volatile political climate with nine governments and three phases of President’s rule in 14 years of it being carved out as a state.
Congress too is looking to rejig its party in Jharkhand as party workers have already begun to look for worthy candidates, say reports. The party has been facing some internal challenges. Earlier in July, former Jharkhand minister and Congress leader Radhakrishna Kishore resigned from the party, alleging there was no democracy left in the Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee. Read more