New Delhi: With eyes set on the upcoming Assembly elections in the four key states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national leadership appointed Union ministers and senior party leaders as in-charges for each of the states on Friday, July 7.
Union minister Prahlad Joshi has been appointed as the party’s in-charge for Rajasthan, where elections are due this November. Former Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel and former Haryana Congress leader Kuldeep Bishnoi, who joined the saffron party in August last year, have been appointed co-in charges. Under Joshi, the in-charges will strategise election campaigning for the state as well as play a vital role in ticket distribution. The infighting in the ruling Congress party – split between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot camps – could benefit the BJP’s efforts.
The BJP election campaign in Chhattisgarh will be overseen by senior party leader Om Prakash Mathur, who will lead the party as the state in-charge. He will be aided by Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya. The Congress, under Bhupesh Baghel, is in power in the state.
In Madhya Pradesh, Union ministers and senior party leaders, Bhupendar Yadav and Ashwini Vaishnaw, will oversee the party’s poll preparedness. The BJP is in a straight fight with the Congress in Madhya Pradesh.
Senior leader Prakash Javdekar will be the in-charge of the Telangana election campaign. He will be supported by his colleague and party general secretary Sunil Bansal. The BJP has been making all-out efforts in the state to unseat the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS). It has only recently replaced Bandi Sanjay Kumar with Union leader and senior leader G. Kishan Reddy as the party’s state chief to address infighting and tussle over the leadership. The party has long projected itself as the principal opposition in the state, by attempting to push the Congress party behind.
The in-charges will play a crucial role in picking candidates as well as in the campaign strategy preparation and implementation, Indian Express reported quoting sources. They will also draw up plans for the respective states to strengthen the party for the 2024 General Election.
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