Chirag Paswan had been instrumental in persuading his father to return to NDA more than a decade after he had quit the Atal Bihari Vajpayee govt over 2002 Godhra riots. Paswan was initially said to be reluctant to mend fences with the BJP but Chirag helped him make up his mind.
The biggest makeover is seen at the national general secretary level with Muralidhar Rao and hitherto General Secretary Ram Madhav being dropped along with Haryana in-charge Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey.
Party MP Tejasvi Surya, a fiery speaker, has been made the president of the party's youth wing in place of Poonam Mahajan. The party has also expanded its list of spokesperson to 23, with MP Anil Baluni being elevated as the chief spokesperson