Ending the confusion prevailing for more than two months, the BJP on Friday appointed Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini as the Rajasthan unit president, while steering clear of the major political divide between the Jat and Rajput communities. Mr. Saini emerged as a consensus candidate after differences between the party factions.BJP national general secretary Arun Singh announced in New Delhi that the party president, Amit Shah, had appointed Mr. Saini, 75, as the State unit chief with immediate effect. The State unit was headless since Ashok Parnami, considered close to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, resigned on April 18 after BJP’s defeat in the by-elections to one Assembly and two Lok Sabha constituencies in March.Rajasthan is a crucial State for the ruling BJP in view of the Assembly elections scheduled here for December this year. Mr. Shah’s first choice for the State president’s post was Jodhpur MP and Union Minister of State Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, but Ms. Raje was reported to be in favour of appointment of a leader from the Jat or Brahmin communities, instead of a Rajput.The differences between Mr. Shah and Ms. Raje delayed the appointment for more than two months. Mr. Saini, who was elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan in April this year, has been closely associated with RSS and was earlier an MLA from Gudha. Mr. Saini’s choice has also been perceived here as a move to placate the farmers and counter Congress leader Ashok Gehlot. As both of them belong to the Mali caste, the BJP expects to check the caste vote swing in favour of the Opposition party.