BJP took a lesson from Karnataka’s defeat, preparing to make Modi’s victory chariot run again by making a big change in election strategy


The Congress’ victory in Karnataka has enthused its workers and BJP’s concern over its focus in neighboring Telangana after years of marginalization has increased. The ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi is also making every effort to retain power in this state.

On the one hand, all the political parties of the country have started preparing for the Lok Sabha elections to be held next year and are trying hard to create an anti-BJP front at the center, while on the other hand, the BJP is hoping for the return of Narendra Modi to the post of Prime Minister for the third time in a row and this Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram have started preparing for the assembly elections to be held this year. The BJP has learned many lessons from the defeat in Karnataka, so it is also rejigging its strategy for the assembly elections to be held this year so that there is no room for error. In Telangana, the BJP aims to wrest power from the BRS, while in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, the BJP is focusing on taking revenge in Himachal and Karnataka by ousting the Congress. Along with this, BJP is also intensifying its efforts to control factionalism in order to save its power in Madhya Pradesh. In Mizoram too, the BJP is focusing on trying to do better than before by contesting more and more seats. Only time will tell what will be the benefit of these efforts, but let us tell you now that soon you can see reshuffle in the BJP organization at the central and state level. The presidents of many states will also be changed and new election in-charges will also be made for almost all the states. For this, the round of meetings has started. BJP’s effort is to speed up the election preparation by keeping its organization tight and also to give a blow to the efforts of opposition unity by expanding the NDA. Therefore, rapid efforts are being made in this direction as well.

churning of BJP

It is being told that senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party have been brainstorming on organizational matters for the last few days as ‘factionalism’ has become a problem for them in poll-bound states like Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. In such a situation, the party’s effort is to repair these weak links before the elections and to infuse new energy among the workers. If seen, the party is working on its plans to retain power at the Center in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, but the upcoming assembly elections are also included in its list of priorities. The BJP has become more active especially after the defeat of the Congress in Karnataka as the Congress will be its main rival in three of the four major assembly elections to be held this year. Apart from Madhya Pradesh and Telangana, assembly elections are also due in the Congress-ruled states of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh this year.

There will be changes in many states

BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit president VD Sharma’s term has come to an end. The news of lack of better coordination between Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and him also often comes. The organization of BJP is traditionally considered strong in Madhya Pradesh. Sources said that in such a situation, the BJP leadership can make some changes in the Madhya Pradesh organization. Moreover, it is also being reported that the BJP’s rising graph in Telangana has suffered a setback in the recent past as several local satraps have complained against the leadership style of the party’s state president, Bandi Sanjay Kumar. A senior party leader praised Bundy Sanjay Kumar’s “ideological firmness” and “hard work” for reviving the organization but added that he has not been able to take everyone along, especially those strong local leaders. who have joined BJP from other parties in last few years.

On the other hand, the Congress’ victory in Karnataka has emboldened its workers and the BJP’s focus on neighboring Telangana after years of marginalization has raised concerns. The ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi is also making every effort to retain power in this state. It is being told that the BJP’s campaign to include big leaders of other parties in Telangana has not yielded much results in the last few months. This issue has also been discussed in the party organization. Bundi Sanjay Kumar’s three-year term as state president has come to an end. Now the national leadership has to decide whether to retain the state leadership in Telangana as well as Madhya Pradesh till the assembly elections or to make some changes.

In Karnataka too, the BJP has to take a decision on organizational change. After the recently concluded assembly elections, the BJP is yet to appoint the leader of the opposition. It is being told that the BJP may also replace Karnataka unit president Nalin Kumar Kateel. His term had ended months ago, but he was retained by the party due to elections in May.

Besides this, another issue on the BJP’s agenda is the expansion of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). In fact, in recent years, the constituents of the NDA have dwindled following the departure of traditional allies like the Janata Dal (United) and the Akali Dal. Meanwhile, the recent meeting between Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, who quit the NDA in 2018, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah has once again fueled talks that the two parties may renegotiate. It is possible Sources say that Chandrababu Naidu has also been trying for this for a long time.

The form of NDA will also change!

A BJP leader said that soon the expanded form of the NDA would come out when it would have a meeting. However, it is yet to be seen whether the BJP formally joins hands with the TDP as it has good equations with the state’s Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy as well. If there is an alliance between the TDP and the BJP, it could push Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Reddy’s YSR Congress into the opposition camp. On the possibility of an alliance with the TDP, BJP sources said the decision would be taken by top party leaders.

BJP’s marathon meetings

However, as far as BJP’s efforts to run the Vijay Rath again are concerned, Union Home Minister Shah, BJP President JP Nadda and the party’s National General Secretary (Organization) BL Santosh held a marathon on Monday and Tuesday on several organizational issues. Had meetings. Sources have said that in these meetings, along with the current political situation, the work related to organizational matters was also reviewed. It is being told that the party may make changes in its organization in some states and may assign new responsibilities to the central officials. At present, BJP is running a public relations program in the country on the occasion of completion of nine years of the Modi government at the center, under which contact is being made with the enlightened class and common people through various events, as well as with party workers, BJP’s top leaders. The leaders are also discussing Tiffin. In this sequence, BJP President JP Nadda held a ‘tiffin meeting’ with party workers in Noida in western Uttar Pradesh and asked them to take the welfare policies of the Central and Uttar Pradesh government to the masses.

-Neeraj Kumar Dubey

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