New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday appointed party general secretary Amit Shah, considered close to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as in-charge of Uttar Pradesh.

Party President Rajnath Singh also appointed Bandaru Dattatreya, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, as a Vice-President of the party. Shah's appointment as in-charge of UP, which sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha, has increased the buzz over Modi's rise in the BJP and his possible projection as prime ministerial candidate.

Party leader Ananth Kumar was made in-charge of Madhya Pradesh which will go for assembly elections later this year. Party MP JP Nadda was made in-charge of Chhattisgarh and Kaptan Singh of Rajasthan - two other states which will go for assembly polls later this year.

Party general secretary Varun Gandhi will be in-charge of West Bengal. Rajiv Pratap Rudy was appointed in-charge of Maharashtra. Party MP Smiriti Irani will be the in-charge of Goa. Party MP Dharmendra Pradhan was made in-charge of Bihar. Former MP SS Ahluwalia will be in-charge of Assam, while former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shanta Kumar was given the charge of Punjab and OP Mathur of Gujarat. Party leader Balbir Punj was appointed as in-charge of party's affairs in Himachal Pradesh and Thawar Chand Gehlot of Karnataka.

(Agencies)

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