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Lawmaker Poonam Mahajan Replaces Anurag Thakur As BJP Youth Wing Chief

LoK Sabha MP Poonam Mahajan is the daughter of late BJP veteran Pramod Mahajan.

16/12/2016 8:37 AM IST | Updated 16/12/2016 8:59 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- In first major reshuffle in the party since he took over as BJP President for second time, Amit Shah on Thursday night appointed first time Lok Sabha MP Poonam Mahajan as the party's youth-wing President, replacing Anurag Thakur who was at the helm for over six years.

Shah also named new chiefs for four other party wings -- SC, ST, OBC and Kisaan morchas.

Mahajan (36), the new Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha President is daughter of late party leader Pramod Mahajan and currently a Lok Sabha member from Mumbai North-Central.

Vinod Sonkar, a Lok Sabha member from Kaushambi, Ramvichar Netam, a Rajya Sabha member from Chattisgarh, Virendra Singh Mast and former MP Dara Singh Chauhan were named as new presidents of party's SC, ST, Kisan and OBC wings respectively.

Sonkar replaces Dushyant Kumar Gautam while Netam, Chauhan and Mast come in place of Faggan Singh Kulaste, S P Singh Baghel and Vijaypal Singh Tomar respectively.

Mast (60) is a third term MP who represents Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh in Lok Sabha.

Chauhan has joined BJP last year after quitting BSP.

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