As governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prepares for assembly elections slated early next year, the saffron party Wednesday announced that Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has been appointed the party’s poll in-charge of Uttar Pradesh.
In Uttar Pradesh, Pradhan will be assisted by Union Ministers Anurag Singh Thakur, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Sobha Karandlaje, Annapoorna Devi, former Haryana state minister Capt Abhimanyu, senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Saroj Pande and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Thakur, according to Indian Express.
Pradhan is a prominent OBC face in the Narendra Modi cabinet.
The party has tried to strike a caste balance while constituting the team. While Anurag Thakur happens to be from the Kshatriya community, Arjun Ram Meghwal is a Dalit and has been representing Bikaner since 2009 after resigning from the IAS, Times of India reported. Saroj Pandey, on the other hand, is a Brahmin from Chhattisgarh and is at present a BJP Rajya Sabha member.
A native of Angul district in Odisha, Pradhan represents Madhya Pradesh in Rajya Sabha.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi is going to oversee election preparations of saffron party in Uttarakhand while Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Shekhawat has been assigned Punjab.
Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav is poll in-charge of Manipur.