The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday appointed former chief ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh and Vasundhara Raje as its vice presidents in order to bring the three powerful state leaders into national politics ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due this year.
The appointments were made by BJP President Amit Shah on the eve of the party's two-day national council meeting, which is expected to set the tone for the Lok Sabha poll campaign.
In a tweet, BJP's general secretary Arun Singh said Shah has appointed the three former chief ministers as its vice presidents.
The party had lost power in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in the recent state polls. Chouhan and Singh were Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh chief ministers respectively for three terms. Raje was Rajasthan chief minister.