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Homework | Collective Leadership Under PM Modi & Lotus, No CM Face: BJP’s Mantra for State Elections

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The collective leadership under Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the main attraction of the BJP’s campaign in all poll-bound states. (X File)

On the face of it, this looks to be a bold move to not project three of the most prominent faces the party has — Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vasundhara Raje and Raman Singh

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began its campaign early in the four key states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana, and so far one thing seems clear — the BJP is projecting no Chief Ministerial face in any of these states. The poll mantra is that of a ‘collective leadership under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party’s poll symbol, the lotus’.

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On the face of it, this looks to be a bold move to not project three of the most prominent faces the party has. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been the Chief Minister (CM) in Madhya Pradesh for four terms. He is still the tallest Other Backward Class (OBC) face the party has in a state with over 50% OBC population. In Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje Scindia has brought the BJP to power twice, defeating Ashok Gehlot. Raman Singh was in power as the CM of Chhattisgarh for three straight terms till 2018.

So has the BJP decided to take a leap of faith in the upcoming polls?

One apparent reason for the BJP to not put all its eggs in one basket when it comes to the CM face is the factor of anti-incumbency or the electorate’s fatigue with the BJP’s established faces. Chouhan has been the CM for over 17 years in MP. The last elections saw the Congress coming to power before Chouhan made a comeback as the CM within 15 months thanks to a “palace coup” by Jyotiraditya Scindia. Now, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has also re-entered state politics and he is seen as senior to Chouhan. Tomar has said there is no BJP CM face in MP.

In Rajasthan, the last election mandate was essentially one against Raje with the people voting out her government in November 2018, before giving all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state to the BJP. ‘Modi tujhse vair nahi, Rani teri khair nahi (no fight with Modi, but we won’t spare the queen)’ was a slogan much heard in the 2018 Rajasthan elections. Since then, the BJP has nurtured new leadership in Rajasthan in Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Rajsamand MP Diya Kumari — both adversarial to Vasundhara Raje.

In Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh won three elections consecutively, but the party collapsed to a shocking defeat at the hands of the Congress in the last elections, with a vote gap of over 10%. Singh hasn’t been projected although there is not much competition to Singh’s standing in the party in Chhattisgarh and he continues to occupy the centre-space in party rallies. PM Modi also mentioned Singh in his rally in Bilaspur on Saturday, while he did not mention Chouhan or Raje in his last rallies in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

FREEBIES VS WOMEN RESERVATION PITCH

After losing Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka amid the poll freebies rolled out by the Congress, the BJP is keen to wrest back Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh from the Congress and retain Madhya Pradesh. On the other hand, if one goes by the words of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress is confident of winning all three states and Telangana as well. The Congress game is simple — keep its winning formula of freebies going to blunt the BJP’s ‘nationalist’ agenda as well as the latest hard-selling of the passing of the Women Reservation Bill to woo women voters.

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The Congress feels the poll freebies would outweigh all factors for women voters, who stand to get monetary doles as well as cheaper LPG cylinders, rather than wait for a women’s reservation bill, which won’t be a reality any time soon. One senior party leader from Rajasthan told News18 that it is the rollout of the freebies that seems to have brought the Congress back in the game in Rajasthan in the last few months, despite anti-incumbency against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. The same seems the case in Chhattisgarh. In Telangana, the Congress’s six guarantees as poll freebies are troubling the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).

The situation in Madhya Pradesh, however, is the most intriguing. Here, BJP CM Shivraj Chouhan has gone ahead on his level and rolled out poll freebies such as Rs 1,250 per month dole-out to 1.3 crore women in the state and the country’s cheapest LPG cylinder at just Rs 450. This came after the Congress had announced similar promises if it came to power. The BJP has not gone for such a counter in any other state. “This is the CM’s initiative, not that of the central BJP. The election results will tell if it was effective,” a senior BJP leader told News18. The PM has so far mentioned neither of the two ‘freebies’ in his rallies.

Will the move to not announce a CM face and not offering freebies, except in Madhya Pradesh, end up being a ‘masterstroke’ or a ‘disaster’? The results of the elections later this year will show.



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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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