First-time MLA Mohan Lal Badoli is new BJP chief in Haryana

With the appointment of a Brahmin, party seeks to address community’s simmering resentment ahead of Assembly election later this year

Updated - July 10, 2024 09:21 am IST

Published - July 10, 2024 08:32 am IST - GURUGRAM:

The appointment of Mohan Lal Badoli is also aimed at consolidating the BJP’s non-Jat vote base. Special Arrangement

The appointment of Mohan Lal Badoli is also aimed at consolidating the BJP’s non-Jat vote base. Special Arrangement | Photo Credit: 9819

First-time MLA Mohan Lal Badoli was on Tuesday appointed president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Haryana unit. He took over the party’s reins from Nayab Saini, who was made the Chief Minister in March this year five months into his term as State BJP chief.

With the appointment of Mr. Badoli, a Brahmin, the party has attempted to address the community’s simmering resentment in the run-up to the Assembly poll due later this year. The Rai MLA’s choice is also aimed at further consolidating its non-Jat vote base, especially in the Sonepat-Rohtak region, which is considered to be the stronghold of Congress leader and former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Despite the BJP winning simple majority for the first time in Haryana in 2014 under a Brahmin State president, the party had appointed Manohar Lal, a Punjabi, as Chief Minister and replaced him with Mr. Saini, an OBC leader, earlier this year. A section of Brahmins, the second largest community in the State after the Jats, also felt “left out” in the party with Punjabis and Banias, who are almost half of the 12% Brahmin population.

The party sending Jat leader Subhash Barala to Rajya Sabha this year against a seat that fell vacant on completion of the six-year term of Lt. Gen. D.P. Vats (retd), a Brahmin, had also not gone down well with the community.

Described as “polite” and “affable” by his party colleagues, Mr. Badoli, a matriculate, was born to a family of farmers in 1963 in Sonepat and later ran a clothes shop.

His father Kali Ram Kaushik was a noted poet.

RSS roots

Mr. Badoli has held several positions in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the BJP. He was appointed Haryana BJP general secretary in 2021 and unsuccessfully contested the Sonipat Lok Sabha election earlier this year, losing to Satpal Brahamchari of the Congress.

His appointment is expected to further strengthen the party in north Haryana along the GT Road belt comprising Sonepat, Panipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra and Ambala districts.

The Chief Minister on Tuesday congratulated Mr. Badoli on his appointment and expressed confidence that the party would come back to power for the third time.

Newly appointed Haryana affairs in-charge of the party Satish Poonia also congratulated Mr. Badoli.

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