Rajasthan BJP chief Ashok Parnami has resigned from his post, but BJP national general secretary Arun Singh on Wednesday appointed him a member of the national working committee.
In Rajasthan, BJP may appoint a state unit chief from the Meena community. Also, BJP is set to replace party chiefs in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh amid reports that some more heads may roll in the coming days.
BJP units' infighting, lackadaisical approach to organisational issues and failure to deliver have forced the central leadership to opt for changes in poll- bound states. The new appointments will increase BJP chief Amit Shah's hold over the party at the expense of Chouhan and Raje.
"The state BJP unit president told me over phone last night that he wanted to be relieved of the charge he has been holding because he wanted to concentrate on his Khandwa Lok Sabha seat", Chouhan told reporters in Bhikangaon town in Khargone district.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Rakesh Singh was not aware of his new responsibility till Tuesday. The southern state will go to polls next year along with the Lok Sabha elections. In Andhra Pradesh, the party has been left without an ally and hopes to strengthen its organisation under a new president.
The BJP is yet to announce the new president for Rajasthan.
When asked if his decision was a fallout of the BJP's defeat in the recent Lok Sabha bypolls in Alwar and Ajmer, Mr Parnami, who is an MLA from Jaipur's Adarsh Nagar constituency, said, "Any defeat or victory is a collective responsibility and individuals are not responsible".
In Andhra Pradesh, the BJP is in an unenviable position of having lost its alliance partner, the ruling Telugu Desam Party. and squeezed politically by agitations on Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh by not just the TDP but also the opposition, YSR Congress Party. The BJP has only four MLAs and two MPs from the state, which elected 25 members for the Lower House.