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Tripathi is the new BJP chief of Uttar Pradesh

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Posted: Sep 02, 2007 at 2026 hrs IST

Seeking to re-energise the party in Uttar Pradesh after assembly poll debacle in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, BJP named senior leader Ramapati Ram Tripathi as the state unit President.

Tripathi, a Brahmin, will succeed Kesrinath Tripathi, who had quit the post after the party's poor show in the assembly elections in May when the party could muster only 51 seats.

BJP President Rajnath Singh made the appointment with the hope that Tripathi would infuse fresh energy into the party unit amid speculation of pre-term Lok Sabha polls.

A homeopathic doctor, 56-year-old Tripathi is a member of the Legislative Council and held the post of BJP General Secretary in the state till his elevation.

The new state unit chief has considerable experience in organisational matters, party sources told PTI here.

The decision to appoint Tripathi was taken after consultations with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and senior leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi, former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, another party leader from the state, the sources said.

The BJP unit has been in virtual disarray since the assembly polls, creating the necessity for restructuring.

The appointment of a Brahmin as the party unit chief is apparently an effort by BJP to win back the community votes which had largely gone to BSP in the last assembly elections.

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