Eyes on 2024 Lok Sabha polls, BJP makes changes to address organizational issues and political challenges – The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: With eyes on Lok Sabha polls in 2024, the BJP is likely to press ahead with changes to key positions in its several state units to address organizational issues and emerging political challenges.

The recent overhaul of its top organizational body, the Parliamentary Council, may have made more news for its omissions, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were dropped, but the BJP has also made it more socially and regionally representative.

For the first time, the non-upper castes are in the majority on the board of directors, while the party continues to reach out to the traditionally weaker and backward sections of society.

Prior to this, the BJP top brass had made changes in several states and is now likely to appoint a new chairman from its Uttar Pradesh unit and bring in fresh faces to Bihar where its traditional reckoning was upended after the JD (U) dropped it. and joined the RJD-Congress-Left Combine.

In recent weeks, the BJP has appointed state presidents in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh and reshuffled people in crucial positions in several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and West Bengal.

The ruling party had reaped a bumper harvest in most of these states in 2019 and made significant gains in Bengal and Telangana.

There has also been speculation about the fate of Karnataka’s Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai.

Critics have questioned his leadership abilities in a state where the opposition Congress remains a powerful force, but the BJP has so far ruled out any change.

His decision to include BS Yediyurappa, the aging but still powerful Lingayat leader, on the Parliamentary Council, however, underscores his continued attempt to sharpen his social reach in his sole southern stronghold.

Giving Sunil Bansal, his high-level secretary general in charge of the organization, a national role is as much an acknowledgment of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s pre-eminence in state affairs as his faith in Bansal’s abilities. amid discussions of the differences between the two leaders on several issues.

Sources said regional and caste calculations will be the driving force in the party’s choice to replace Swatantra Dev Singh, a state Cabinet minister, as leader of Uttar Pradesh.

A party leader said the BJP remained dominant in Uttar Pradesh and added that its national leadership had always given primacy to strong coordination between the party’s organizational apparatus and state governments for electoral success.

As Adityanath’s stock rises after the BJP’s empathetic victory in the 2021 election, the party seeks to maintain its dominance over its divided rivals in India’s largest state, which was at the heart of its big victories in the 2014 election and 2019 in Lok Sabha.

Bansal has now been put in charge of Telangana, West Bengal and Odisha, three states ruled by different regional parties and branded by the BJP for its next round of expansion. The realignment of political forces in Maharashtra and Bihar necessitated changes in those states for the BJP.

The challenge for the party is daunting in Bihar where the ruling NDA won 31 and 39 of its 40 Lok Sabha seats respectively in 2014 and 2019.

However, the combined might of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD has sent the party to the drawing board as its rivals’ grassroots support base looks stronger on the ground. paper.

BJP sources said the party will have to make major efforts with the backward classes and scheduled castes while keeping its traditional base, which includes the upper castes, in good spirits.

Likely changes in the state, including a new president and leaders in both houses of the state legislature, will reflect this, they added.

In a meeting of BJP leaders with Home Minister Amit Shah and party chairman JP Nadda, the target of winning 35 seats in 2024 was set.

The BJP recently changed its chairman and opposition leader in Chhattisgarh in what was widely seen as an exercise to reshuffle its cards in the Congress-ruled state where it suffered poll and election losses. local.

Even neighboring Madhya Pradesh has often been among the states where the BJP is expected to make changes in key positions.

After successfully overthrowing the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, the BJP replaced its chairman Chandrakant Patil, a Maratha, with Chandrashekhar Bawankule, an OBC, considered a traditional support base of the party.

Although the Sena has weakened after the split, it is believed that its alliance with the NCP-Congress could still pose a significant challenge in the elections.

BJP Chairman JP Nadda had made key organizational appointments in some state units last month, drafting the Rajesh GV of the RSS as General Secretary (Organization) in Karnataka.

Rajesh GV replaces Arun Kumar, returned to the RSS, considered the ideological mentor of the BJP.

Ajay Jamwal, who was the Regional Secretary General (Organization) in charge of the North Eastern States, now takes care of the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh units of the party in the same position while Manthri Srinivasulu was transferred from Telangana to Punjab in as General Secretary (Organization).

NEW DELHI: With eyes on Lok Sabha polls in 2024, the BJP is likely to press ahead with changes to key positions in its several state units to address organizational issues and emerging political challenges. The recent overhaul of its top organizational body, the Parliamentary Council, may have made more news for its omissions, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were dropped, but the BJP has also made it more socially and regionally representative. For the first time, the non-upper castes are in the majority on the board of directors, while the party continues to reach out to the traditionally weaker and backward sections of society. Prior to this, the BJP top brass had made changes in several states and is now likely to appoint a new chairman from its Uttar Pradesh unit and bring in fresh faces to Bihar where its traditional reckoning was upended after the JD (U) dropped it. and joined the RJD-Congress-Left Combine. In recent weeks, the BJP has appointed state presidents in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh and reshuffled people in crucial positions in several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and West Bengal. The ruling party had reaped a bumper harvest in most of these states in 2019 and made significant gains in Bengal and Telangana. There has also been speculation about the fate of Karnataka’s Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai. Critics have questioned his leadership abilities in a state where the opposition Congress remains a powerful force, but the BJP has so far ruled out any change. His decision to include BS Yediyurappa, the aging but still powerful Lingayat leader, on the Parliamentary Council, however, underscores his continued attempt to sharpen his social reach in his sole southern stronghold. Giving Sunil Bansal, his high-level secretary general in charge of the organization, a national role is as much an acknowledgment of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s pre-eminence in state affairs as his faith in Bansal’s abilities. amid discussions of the differences between the two leaders on several issues. Sources said regional and caste calculations will be the driving force in the party’s choice to replace Swatantra Dev Singh, a state Cabinet minister, as leader of Uttar Pradesh. A party leader said the BJP remained dominant in Uttar Pradesh and added that its national leadership had always given primacy to strong coordination between the party’s organizational apparatus and state governments for electoral success. As Adityanath’s stock rises after the BJP’s empathetic victory in the 2021 election, the party seeks to maintain its dominance over its divided rivals in India’s largest state, which was at the heart of its big victories in the 2014 election and 2019 in Lok Sabha. Bansal has now been put in charge of Telangana, West Bengal and Odisha, three states ruled by different regional parties and branded by the BJP for its next round of expansion. The realignment of political forces in Maharashtra and Bihar necessitated changes in those states for the BJP. The challenge for the party is daunting in Bihar where the ruling NDA won 31 and 39 of its 40 Lok Sabha seats in 2014 and 2019 respectively. However, the combined power of the JD(U) led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD have sent the party to the drawing board as their rivals’ grassroots support base looks stronger on paper. BJP sources said the party will have to make major efforts with the backward classes and scheduled castes while keeping its traditional base, which includes the upper castes, in good spirits. Likely changes in the state, including a new president and leaders in both houses of the state legislature, will reflect this, they added. In a meeting of BJP leaders with Home Minister Amit Shah and party chairman JP Nadda, the target of winning 35 seats in 2024 was set. The BJP recently changed its chairman and opposition leader in Chhattisgarh in what was widely seen as an exercise to reshuffle its cards in the Congress-ruled state where it suffered poll and election losses. local. Even neighboring Madhya Pradesh has often been among the states where the BJP is expected to make changes in key positions. After successfully overthrowing the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, the BJP replaced its chairman Chandrakant Patil, a Maratha, with Chandrashekhar Bawankule, an OBC, considered a traditional support base of the party. Although the Sena has weakened after the split, it is believed that its alliance with the NCP-Congress could still pose a significant challenge in the elections. BJP Chairman JP Nadda had made key organizational appointments in some state units last month, drafting the Rajesh GV of the RSS as General Secretary (Organization) in Karnataka. Rajesh GV replaces Arun Kumar, returned to the RSS, considered the ideological mentor of the BJP. Ajay Jamwal, who was the Regional Secretary General (Organization) in charge of the North Eastern States, now takes care of the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh units of the party in the same position while Manthri Srinivasulu was transferred from Telangana to Punjab in as General Secretary (Organization).

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