BJP Rajasthan president Ashok Parnami resigns

Jaipur, April 18: In a major setback for the Vasundhara Raje government, BJP Rajasthan president Ashok Parnami on Wednesday resigned from his position.

Parnami in his letter to BJP Chief  Amit Shah cited personal reasons for stepping down.

The front-runners for the post include Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal, state Minister Arun Chaturvedi and Kota-Bundi MP Om Birla, informed sources told news agency IANS.

Parnami has been appointed member of the BJP National Working Committee, party General Secretary Arun Singh said.

“I have rendered my services as the state party President for four years, and will continue to work for the party’s growth,” he added.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi earlier amid reports of impending changes in the BJP’s Rajasthan unit in the wake of electoral reverses in the January by-elections in the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats and the Mandalgarh Assembly segment.

Earlier in the day, Madhya Pradesh BJP President Nand Kumar Chauhan was replaced by BJP MP from Jabalpur, Rakesh Singh.

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