New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday appointed prominent leaders as in-charge for state polls, taking the first step towards preparedness for the upcoming assembly election in Delhi, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana.

Among those given charge to start preparations for the assembly polls in these state are senior ministers in the Union cabinet, ministers in the cabinet of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and senior leaders from the party. All four states are expected to go to the polls later this year.

In Delhi, union minister Prakash Javadekar has been made the election in-charge along with Hardeep Singh Puri and Nityanand Rai. BJP is pitted against ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Congress which is trying to regain its strength in the state.

BJP has appointed senior leader Bhupendra Yadav as the election in-charge for Maharashtra, along with Keshav Prasad Maurya, deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, and Lakshman Savdi, senior leader from Karnataka as co-incharge.

In Haryana, BJP has appointed union minister Narendra Singh Tomar as election in-charge along with Bhupendra Singh, minister in Uttar Pradesh cabinet, as co in-charge.

Senior leader Om Prakash Mathur has been given the charge for Jharkhand along with Nand Kishore Yadav, minister in Bihar cabinet.

Members of the BJP said the party is set to launch its electoral campaign for the four state polls by holding its first national executive meeting since its victory in 2019 general elections, in Jharkhand which is likely to go to polls in October-November

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