(G.N.S) Dt. 16 Lucknow Swatantra Dev Singh, an OBC leader, was appointed the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh president, replacing Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey. Pandey was inducted in the Union Cabinet, necessitating a change of guard in the state. Singh is a Kurmi, one of the influential backward castes in the state. His appointment is seen as part of the BJP’s effort to consolidate its support among the OBCs, who strongly
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