The Bharatiya Janata Party, on Saturday, 29 July, appointed former Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor as its vice president.
This is being seen as another attempt of the ruling party’s attempts to woo the Pasmanda Muslims. This came amid a rejig of the party’s national office bearers.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Who made the cut? Anil Antony, who joined the BJP in April this year, has been made the national secretary. Telangana leader Bandi Sanjay Kumar has also been made a general secretary.
Mansoor has earlier worked closely with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and is a BJP MLC from Uttar Pradesh.
During the anti-CAA-NRC protests in 2019 and early 2020, Mansoor was called out for attempting to curb the protests and not standing by his university’s students.
The BJP now has
13 vice presidents
9 general secretaries
Who all were dropped? The BJP also dropped Karnataka leader CT Ravi and MP from Assam, Dilip Saikia, as its general secretaries. Bihar MP Radha Mohan Singh was removed as vice president.