BJP seeks new faces in Chhattisgarh to clean up state unity
By Shashi Bhushan
New Delhi, May 29 (SocialNews.XYZ) Amid infighting and factionalism, BJP central leadership has in a strong message to his Chhattisgarh unit, asking him to put his house in order before next year’s assembly ballots. The party is exploring the possibility of a new leadership in Chhattisgarh ahead of assembly elections.
The BJP ruled Chhattisgarh for 15 years from 2003 to 2018. The party’s National Vice Chairman, Dr. Raman Singh served as Chief Minister for 15 years. BJP politics in Chhattisgarh has revolved around Singh for almost two decades and he still wields some influence.
The defeat in last month’s by-elections raised concerns within the BJP over next year’s elections, with the Khairagarh Assembly constituency falling under former Chief Minister Singh’s home district.
“The defeat in Khairagarh has raised serious questions about Singh’s leadership and the result shows he is losing control on the pitch. The defeat in the partial polls has forced the party to look to new faces for the role of leadership in Chhattisgarh,” a party insider said. said.
Last month, the central BJP leadership held deliberations on party affairs in the state with leaders in Chhattisgarh. Sources claimed that the central leadership was unhappy with the functioning of the Chhattisgarh BJP and relieved the state leadership for the current state of affairs.
“The BJP state leadership explained that the party will not project the chief ministerial face for next year’s assembly polls. A senior leader will be appointed to lead the party’s election campaign and will have carte blanche to handle all ballot-related matters,” he said.
While finding a new party face in Chhattisgarh, the BJP leadership is also taking social issues into consideration. A senior official said that before finalizing a name for the leadership role (not the chief ministerial face), all existing social factors in the state will be considered.
“Party leadership will take a final call on whether to cast a tribe, OBC or other caste,” he said.
After appointing Singh chief minister of the state in 2003, the BJP contested the 2008, 2013 and 2018 elections with Singh as the face of the party. But the BJP faced a humiliating defeat in the last Assembly polls in 2018 and the party also lost subsequent by-votes in the state.
Another leader stressed that a new face was urgently needed. “Current Chhattisgarh BJP chairman Vishnu Deo Sai and opposition leader in the state assembly Dharamlal Kaushik, who is close to the former chief minister, could also be replaced to make way for a new face in order to bring all sections together to unseat the congressional government in the state,” he added.