Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Om Prakash Chautala. (File Photo: IANS)
Chandigarh: Indian National Lok Dal president Om Prakash Chautala has appointed retired IAS officer BD Dhalia as the party's new state unit chief.
Continuing with the exercise of reorganising the party, Dhalia replaces Ashok Kumar Arora, who had stepped down from the post after the INLD received severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls.
The INLD has made Arora as the party's senior vice president.
Over the past few years, Dhalia, considered as a close confidant of former chief minister Chautala, has held various positions in the party.
Abhay Singh Chautala, MLA from Ellenabad will remain as the secretary general of the state unit. For the past six years, he has been shouldering the responsibility of the day-to-day affairs of the INLD in the absence of Om Prakash Chautala, a party statement said here Friday.
Om Prakash Chautala is serving a jail sentence in connection with the teachers recruitment scam.
M S Malik, former DGP Haryana, has been appointed chairman of the Policy and Programme Committee, it said.
Appointments of general secretaries and secretaries of the state unit has also been made as the party reorganised its state. On Thursday, the party had reorganised its national body.
The party also released the names of district unit presidents who have been appointed.
Sher Singh Badshami, former MLA will continue as the chairman of the Disciplinary Action Committee, while Nachhattar Singh Malhan and Harbans Singh will remain office secretary and chief media coordinator, respectively.
State conveners of various cells too have been appointed to the new state body.
Ahead of the October Assembly elections in Haryana, the INLD had Thursday reorganised its national body, retaining Om Prakash Chautala as the party president.
The party had split last year due to a feud in the Chautala family.
Om Prakash Chautala's grandson and Hisar MP in the 16th Lok Sabha Dushyant Chautala had formed the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) after the family feud came out in the open.
The party had fielded its candidates on all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state but all of them, including the then Sirsa MP Charanjit Singh lost badly.
The INLD was part of the NDA during 1999-2004 and ran the government in the state in coalition with the BJP with Om Prakash Chautala as the chief minister.