India in Poll Mode, BJP Surges Ahead

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Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting at the party headquarters. BJP President Amit Shah receives him.


Updated Wed, 20 Mar 2019

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Chhattisgarh BJP in-charge & National General Secretary Anil Jain: BJP will change all sitting MPs in the state in this election, CEC has approved it. We will bring 11 new candidates and win on all 11 seats.

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The ruling party in India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), held a key meeting of Central Election Committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah. In the meeting, the final list of candidates for the Lok Sabha seats were finalised. Several other leaders, including Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari were present in the meeting.

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On one hand, all other parties have announced the names of candidates while on the other hand no such list has been released by the BJP so far.bjp-logo_1552827733

This was delayed slightly because of the demise of Goa CM Manohar Parikar. In the meeting of the party’s parliamentary board, the decision about candidates has been taken in almost all the seats. Some seats are still to be considered.

After the announcement of the names the star campaigners of the party will start touring the entire country and the campaign will be carried out with full fanfare. During the entire Lok Sabha elections, the party has made a concerted campaign for campaigning.

The biggest news of this time in the election season is, however, rejection of aspirants who failed to perform. More than 70 percent of sitting MPs from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan whom the BJP does not like to give the tickets. The party feels that they should be held responsible for the loss in the recently held assembly elections. The party leadership believes that there is tremendous resentment against these sitting MPs, but there is a  huge positive opinion for the PM Modi.

Chhattisgarh.

The party has decided to launch  new candidates in all of the 11 seats in Chhattisgarh.

This decision was announced after the meeting of the Central Election Committee under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National President Amit Shah, BJP General Secretary and Chhattisgarh in-charge Anil Jain.

The BJP had captured 10 of the 11 seats in the 2014 elections. This time the fight is tough because in the recent Assembly elections, Congress beat BJP by huge margins. The long tenure of Raman Singh was terminated while dismantling all the projections.

Former CM Raman Singh’s son Abhishek Singh has also been questioned for his qualification for a ticket. He is an MP from Rajnandgaon.  Instead, Raman Singh from Rajnandgaon may contest the elections.

Apart from this, former Union Minister Vishnu Dev Sati and former Union Minister Ramesh Bai, who won the Lok Sabha elections for seven times, will not be able to contest elections this time. This decision, too, is being linked to the party’s defeat in the assembly elections.

U.P.

The party won 73 of the 80 seats of UP, the largest Indian state in alliance with partners in the last Lok Sabha 2014 elections.lal-krishna-advani-murli-manohar-joshi_1553040442

In the 2019 elections, BJP may not give tickets to veteran leaders. Although this has not been finalized, but there are indications that many leaders, including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri can be denied tickets. As far as UP is concerned, at least two dozen MPs, including Sakshi Maharaj, are not being considered favorably for the ticket.

According to BJP sources, serious discussions are on to decide Advani and Joshi’s future roles at the top level. Joshi has been given the indication of being given responsibility of a governor after the election, but  no such info is available for the former Deputy PM L K Advani.

Those who are being denied tickets are apart from Sakshi Maharaj, Anju Bala, Sharad Tripathi, Bharat Singh, Ram Character Nishad, Chhota Lal, Krishna Pratap, Devendra Singh, Anshul Verma, Ravindra Kushwaha, Ashok Dual, Babu Lal, Rekha Verma, Lallu Singh, Harish Dwivedi. On the other hand, there can be a re-issue of ticket for Manoj Sinha, Ramshankar Katheria, VK Singh, Mahendra Pandey, Hema Malini, Virendra Singh Mast, Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, Kanwar Singh Tanwar, Ramshankar Katheria, Rajveer Singh.

In such a scenario, on the lines of the Delhi Municipal Corporation elections, the party has decided to give a new face to the majority of seats.

Arunachal Pradesh.

BJP suffered a major setback in Arunachal Pradesh. According to a report, before the assembly elections next month, two BJP ministers and 12 MLAs joined Meghalaya’s Chief Minister, Konrad Sangma’s National People’s Party (NPP).conrad-sangma_1520322127

The BJP refused to give ticket to Home Minister Kumar Y and Tourism Minister Jarkar Gamlin and other legislators. Home Minister Kumar Y said that BJP has lost its reputation in people’s mind by making “false promises”.

He said, “We will not only fight elections  but we will form NPP government in the state.” Apart from this, a legislator from People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) and other 19 leaders of the saffron party also joined NPP.

The iconic Bogibeel bridge. The bridge is, in many ways, considered a dream come true for the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. On 25 December, the PM Narendra Modi had inaugurated the Bogibeel bridge, on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and also flagged off an intercity express connecting Tinsukia and Naharlagun.

Tripura

In another major setback for the BJP in Tripura, the party’s Vice-President Subal Bhowmik quit the BJP party to join Congress again. Enough is enough, Bhowmik wrote on his Facebook page. Originally a Congress MLA from Sonamura, Bhowmik had left the party to join BJP in 2014.  He had played a key role in BJP’s rise to power in Tripura.

 has quit Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and Maharashtra assembly elections due in some months.

Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil’s son Sujay Vikhe Patil had defected Congress to join the BJP. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on Tuesday handed over his resignation to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on “moral grounds”.

Vikhe had also said he would not campaign against his son in Ahmednagar. A day after Sujay Vikhe Patil had joined the BJP, Congress leader and former Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Thorat had asked his colleague Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil to make his stand clear on his son joining the BJP.