New Delhi: In a dramatic development, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday appointed Adesh Kumar Gupta as the president of party’s Delhi unit and replaced actor-politician Manoj Tiwari. The decision to this effect was taken by party president JP Nadda.Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Flights to Maldives, Malaysia From India From THIS Date | Full Schedule, Ticket Prices

Issuing a statement, JP Nadda said that actor-politician Manoj Tiwari has been replaced as chief of the Delhi BJP  and in his place, Adesh Kumar Gupta will take charge. Notably, Adesh Gupta is a former North Delhi Municipal Corporation mayor. Also Read - Delhi Records Highest Rainfall For July Since 2003 And Second-Highest Ever: IMD

Tiwari was appointed as Delhi BJP chief in 2016, and he had offered resignation immediately after suffering defeat since the party’s disastrous performance in the recent Delhi assembly election. However, he was asked to continue until an alternative was found. Also Read - West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Meets PM Modi, Discusses Covid Situation, Vaccines During Talks

A popular singer-actor from Bhojpuri films, Tiwari could not effectively counter the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the recent Delhi Assembly elections.

Last month, Tiwari sparked controversy for violating lockdown norms by playing cricket at an academy in neighbouring state Haryana.

On the other hand, the BJP appointed former Union Minister Vishnu Deo Sai as its Chhattisgarh state president, the party said in a statement.

Sai was a Union minister in the first Modi government but could not contest the 2019 Lol Sabha polls after the BJP decided to not repeat any of its sitting MPs in Chhattisgarh after losing to the Congress in the assembly polls.

Sai replaces Vikram Usendi. In another appointment, the party made S Tikendra Singh its Manipur state president.

These are the first important organisational appointments in the BJP after the coronavirus outbreak curbed political activities and the party primarily focussed on steering relief work for people affected by the lockdown.

The development signals, to some extent, a return of regular political activities as lockdown restrictions across the country are relaxed.