Lucknow, Aug 12: BJP today announced its 15-member election committee, headed the party chief in Uttar Pradesh Surya Pratap Shahi, for the next year Assembly polls.
The committee has five former state unit presidents - Kalraj Misra, Vinay Katiyar, Kesari Nath Tripathi, Om Prakash Singh and Ramapati Ram Tripathi, Shahi told reporters here. MP Lalji Tandon, senior leaders Hukum Singh, Rakesh Jain, Nepal Singh, Madhu Misra, Ramapati Shastri, Rajesh Agarwal, Shiv Pratap Shukla and Swatantra Dev Singh would also be in the committee, he said.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Santosh Gangawar, Ashok Pradhan and Varun Gandhi would be special invitees. The committee for election management cell has also been set up with Shyam Nandan Singh as its coordinator, he said, adding that Prashant Arora, Ramapati Ram Tripathi, Dinesh Sharma, Rajendra Tripathi and Ram Kumar Shukla would be its members.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi would coordinate for the central unit, he said.
Evading direct reply on the absence of the names of senior leaders Rajnath Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi in the list, he said the both are members of the central parliamentary board.
On Uma Bharti's name being missing in the list, the BJP state chief said she will have a leading role in the election campaign. PTI