Senior BJP leader Vijay Sampla resigned as chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes

Senior Punjab BJP Leader Resigns from NCSC Role Amid Speculations of Key Role in 2024 Lok Sabha Campaign

In a recent development, former Union minister and prominent Punjab BJP leader, Vijay Sampla, tendered his resignation as the Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Tuesday. Reports suggest that the decision came after a meeting with BJP Chief, JP Nadda, where he was offered an “important role in the organization” in light of the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha campaign in Punjab.

This marks the second time Sampla, aged 62, has stepped down from the NCSC chairmanship. He had previously resigned before the Punjab elections in February the previous year and subsequently contested on the BJP ticket.

Sources reveal that Sampla met Nadda on Sunday, during which he was informed about the significant responsibility that awaits him within the party. Following this meeting, he promptly submitted his resignation to the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, complying with the directions from the BJP’s national chief.

There is mounting speculation that Sampla may be gearing up to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from Hoshiarpur, his former constituency. A post on his personal assistant Chaman Lal’s Facebook page confirmed his resignation, while the grapevine within the party is buzzing with various theories about the reasons behind the move.

A well-known Dalit leader in Punjab, Sampla’s political journey began in 1998 when he served as the sarpanch of Sofipind village in Jalandhar cantonment. He has since held several significant positions within the Punjab government, including being the chairman of the Punjab Khadi Board from 2008 to 2012 and the chairman of the Punjab State Forest Development Corporation in 2014. In 2015, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Hoshiarpur and later assumed the role of a Union minister.

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In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Sampla was denied the ticket from the Hoshiarpur constituency, and the party chose current Union minister Som Parkash over him. Now, with his recent resignation, all eyes are on the unfolding political dynamics in Punjab as the 2024 campaign draws closer.

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