Actor-politician Manoj Tiwari replaced as Delhi’s BJP President

Actor-politician Manoj Tiwar has been replaced as chief of the BJP in Delhi. Adesh Kumar Gupta, a Delhi BJP veteran, will take over from him, the ruling party said today.

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Manoj Tiwari, who was appointed Delhi BJP president in 2016, was said to be on borrowed time since the party’s disastrous performance in the Delhi assembly election in February.

Sources say the 49 year old MP had offered to resign immediately after the Delhi defeat but was asked to continue until an alternative was found.

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The BJP called it a routine move and also announced changes in other states – Vishnu Deo Sai has been appointed as a sign that the BJP is once again looking for its core support group in the capital – the Vaishya community.

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Mr Tiwari, a Bhojpuri singing star-turned-politician, was always perceived as an “outsider” in the faction-driven Delhi BJP and was seen to have been unable to effectively counter the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) despite his street-fighting skills and non-stop sparring.

A flamboyant politician prone to theatrics, Mr Tiwari failed to deliver on his promise of decimating AAP even after the BJP won all seven parliamentary seats in the national election just nine months before the Delhi polls.

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