New Delhi: In yet another surprising move, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Wednesday appointed senior leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis as in-charge for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, it said in a statement.Also Read - 'Thappad se Darr Nahi Lagta', Uddhav Thackeray on BJP MLC’s Remark Against Shiv Sena Bhavan

The announcement came on a day that party president J P Nadda is holding talks with state BJP leaders here to discuss the three-phase polls to the 243-member state assembly, including seat-sharing arrangements with allies like the Janta Dal (United) and the Lok Janshakti Party. Also Read - Babul Supriyo Says Won't Join Any Party After Exit From BJP; Edits it Out Later

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For the last few weeks, Fadnavis had been participating in the party’s internal meetings over the Bihar polls and has even visited the state a few times.

The BJP has the practice of appointing senior leaders as in-charge for state elections.

The Bihar assembly polls will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7. The counting of votes will take place on November 10.

(With inputs from PTI)