State polls: BJP may field new faces in 50% seats in MP, C’garh, Rajasthan

State polls: BJP may field new faces in 50% seats in MP, C’garh, Rajasthan

Courtesy : Nationalist Bureau21/10/2018 09:02

New Delhi: Battling anti-incumbency in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, the BJP may field new candidates in around half of the seats in the three states, as part of its new strategies for the upcoming Assembly polls.

The BJP chief has gathered multiple ground inputs about sitting legislators and probable, source said. The BJP is seemingly gearing up to drop number of sitting legislators to beat the anti-incumbency against them in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. “ BJP president is already ready with a tentative list of candidates for each Assembly seats. The Party is also keeping close watch on the congress and regional parties. BJP is planning to accommodating a few of the influential oppositions  leaders who can win elections and also influence the outcome in surrounding constituencies, sources said.

According to a senior BJP leader tasked with planning strategies for the party in the poll-bound states along with party chief Amit Shah, the feedback received from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to is not encouraging and the ground information has worried the party high command.

“Up to 50 per cent seats in in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan can see new faces,” the senior BJP leader, who is also a member of the party’s core committee, told The Nationalist.

About the anti-incumbency factor, he said, “There may be discontent against some individuals and that is why we get surveys done ahead of the elections to decide on tickets.”

He however asserted, “People may be angry with some individuals for personal reasons but they are not anti-BJP.”

As the BJP gets ready to declare its first list of candidates, speculations are rife that around 10 party MPs may contest the assembly elections.

While reportedly some BJP parliamentarians themselves want to contest the  state polls, some of them maintained that they would act according to the party’s decision.

BJP’s national vice president, and a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, Prabhat Jha said, “Our vote bank is intact. People from all castes and creed are with the BJP due to the development works done by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” 

“We will surely get more votes this time and again form government not only in Madhya Pradesh, but also in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.”

Jha said  the party is highlighting different central and state-run welfare schemes during poll campaign and the agenda is all-round development.

Sources reveal that the BJP’s central leadership has clearly told its state organisations in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh that non-popular and non-performing MLAs, and ministers, may be removed and new faces may contest the elections.

Lok Sabha elections is likely to be held three months after the Assembly elections and the BJP is seeing these polls as the testing ground of its strength for the big fight next year.

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