New Delhi: While the Bharatiya Janata Party performed brilliantly in the assembly elections held in 5 states, it registered a big victory in Madhya Pradesh and ousted Congress from power in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The results of the assembly elections were declared on December 3 and till now BJP has not been able to announce the name of the Chief Minister for any of the three states. Many names have emerged from all the three states, however, it is believed that the suspense will disappear on Sunday and the name of the Chief Minister will be announced.
Command given to Rajnath, Khattar, Munda
The BJP on Friday appointed Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda as central observers for the selection of party legislature party leaders in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively. The new leader of the legislature party will become the Chief Minister of his state. Legislative party meetings in all three states are likely to be held this weekend. According to a statement issued by the party, apart from Rajnath Singh, Rajya Sabha member Saroj Pandey and party general secretary Vinod Tawde have been appointed as central observers for the selection of the leader of the legislative party in Rajasthan.
Vasundhara Raje and Rajnath Singh are considered to have good relations.
Why was Rajnath elected observer of Rajasthan?
There is a strong discussion within the BJP that the party can ignore the claims of two-time Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and hand over the command of the state to a new face in her place. At the same time, experts say that Rajnath has been made the observer of Rajasthan because Vasundhara is counted among his close ones. The party leadership hopes that Rajnath, one of the senior most leaders of BJP, can help in building a consensus on the post of Chief Minister as per their choice. This is because many MLAs are seen supporting Raje.
Will BJP go with a new face in Madhya Pradesh also?
Manohar Lal Khattar with party’s OBC Morcha chief K. Laxman and national secretary Asha Lakra will also attend the Madhya Pradesh meeting, while Munda will be accompanied by Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP general secretary Dushyant Kumar Gautam as central observers for Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh, where BJP won a big victory with two-thirds majority, the claim of current Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is considered to be the strongest but there is also an opinion within the party about change of leadership in the state. Barring 15 months after the 2018 assembly elections, BJP has been in power in the state for 18 years, hence there is an idea within the party to bet on a new face in the state.
It is almost certain that Raman Singh will not be given the reins of Chhattisgarh.
This news is coming from Chhattisgarh
Sources said that BJP is considering handing over the reins to an OBC or tribal leader in Chhattisgarh. Scheduled Tribe leaders like Lata Usendi, Gomti Sai and Renuka Singh are natural contenders for the top post. State President Arun Sao and bureaucrat-turned-politician OP Choudhary also belong to backward castes. The party would like to elect at least one woman chief minister at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been consistently talking up the support of women voters for the BJP and has often talked about the need for women-led development. (Language)
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