RSS activist Kamal Sharma elected new Punjab BJP chief

Kamal Sharma, political adviser to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was Tuesday appointed the president of the Punjab unit of the BJP. He took over from Ashwani Sharma who completed a three-year term.

BJP central election observer Ram Nath Kovind and state election officer Vinod Sharma declared Kamal Sharma elected unopposed in the presence party's national vice-president Shanta Kumar and general secretary JP Nadda.

Kamal (44), a hardcore Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist, started his career with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the RSS, in 1985. he held various positions before joining the BJP and was appointed media advisor to Khadi and Village Industry Commission of India in 2004.

Two years later, he was made the media advisor to the Madhya Pradesh chief minister and took charge as the political advisor to Badal in June 2012.

Addressing a gathering of party leaders and workers soon after his election, he said: "As a new president, my target is 2014 Lok Sabha elections. I will work hard to ensure the win of BJP-SAD nominees in all 13 parliamentary seats in the state.

Kamal, who hails from Ferozepur, added that the outgoing chief and his team had done a commendable job and their biggest achievement was re-election of the SAD-BJP government in Punjab.

Later, talking to reporters, Kamal denied there was groupism in the party's state unit. "There may be differences of opinion on an issue but the party is united," he said, adding that he will now quit as political adviser to the chief minister.

Asked to comment on reports about Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal becoming the chief minister in near future, Kamal said: "When such a thing happens, we will make our stand known." with pti inputs

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