In a token gesture, ailing Vajpayee and Advani and Joshi, for long the BJP's 'Trimurti', now figure in the new five-member 'Margdarshak Mandal' (guiding group) after being associated with the party for nearly four decades.

Three-time Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and party general secretary J P Nadda are the new
entrants to the BJP parliamentary board which was reconstituted by newly-appointed chief Amit Shah.

The two have also been included in BJP's central election committee, which decides on the party candidates to be fielded in elections.

The 12-member Parliamentary Board chaired by Shah now has Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah
Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jagat Prakash Nadda and Ramlal as its
members.

The new BJP president Amit Shah initiated the changes after consultations with top BJP leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The five-member 'margdarshak mandal' also includes Modi and Rajnath Singh.

 

Highlights
Trimurti of BJP (Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi) dropped from Parliamentary Board
Trio will now be member of 'Margdarshak Mandal'
Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh will also be member of guiding group
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, JP Nadda are new members of Parliamentary Board
This is part of the move by party to replace all leaders above 75 years

Vajpayee, who had faded away from public life since about a decade back due to his ill health, was however retained as NDA chairman till the last Lok Sabha elections. Advani was the working chairman of NDA before Modi era.

The central election committee (CEC) was also reconstituted, with firebrand leader from Uttar Pradesh Vinay Katiyar being dropped.

Former BJP Mahila Morcha president Saroj Pandey, who was an ex-officio member of this committee, has been replaced with Vijaya Rahatkar the new Mahila Morcha chief who was earlier the former Aurangabad Mayor.

Jual Oram, a Tribal face and Union Tribal Affairs Minister, marks his entry into the 15-member body.

The other members of the CEC are Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Ramlal and Shahnawaz Hussain besides Rahatkar.

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