Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named the new leader of the reconstituted BJP Parliamentary Party in both Houses of Parliament, according to a news report published by the Press Trust of India today (12).
The PTI story said: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be the deputy leader of the party in the Lok Sabha and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Rajya Sabha.
According to the newly-constituted BJP Parliamentary Party Executive Committee, the party has named Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu as the government’s Chief Whip in Parliament, besides the chief whips of the government and the party in both the Houses.
The party has also named 13 whips in Lok Sabha and three in Rajya Sabha.
Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs Santosh Gangwar and Prakash Javadekar will be the government’s deputy Chief Whips in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha respectively.
Lok Sabha member from Rajasthan Arjun Ram Meghwal will be the party’s Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha while Rajya Sabha member from Punjab Avinash Rai Khanna will be the new party chief whip in the Upper House.
The BJP has also named Ganesh Singh, a member from Madhya Pradesh, as party Secretary in the Lok Sabha and Bhupendra Yadav from Rajasthan in the Rajya Sabha.
P.C. Mohan from Karnataka is the new treasurer of BJP Parliamentary Party.
The 13 whips named by BJP in the Lok Sabha are: Suresh Angadi (Karnataka), Sanjay Dhotre (Maharashtra), Sanjay Jaiswal (Bihar), Sunil Singh (Jharkhand), Ratan Lal Katariya (Haryana), Parvesh Verma (Delhi), Kirit Solanki (Gujarat), Rakesh Singh (Madhya Pradesh), Kamla Patle (Chhattisgarh), Om Birla (Rajasthan), Mahendra Pandey, Ramshankar Karhuriya and Pankaj Choudhary (all Uttar Pradesh).
The three party whips in the Rajya Sabha are Bimla Kashyap Sood (Himachal Pradesh), Mansukh L Mandaviya (Gujarat) and Narayanlal Panchariya (Rajasthan).