Bypolls to test BJP’s ‘new’ leadership in MP
The BJP is witnessing a gradual change in state leadership as the old guard is replaced by a new generation of leaders.
The bypolls in Madhya Pradesh will be the first major test for the emerging new leadership of the BJP state which has replaced the organization’s old guards and is trying to establish its own sphere of influence within the party. Over the past two years, Madhya Pradesh had witnessed a gradual and silent change in the organization of the BJP following the appointment of Vishnu Dutt Sharma as the party’s state chairman. During the Rajya Sabha nominations, the party had dismissed the old guards who dominated the state organization like Satyanarayan Jatiya and Prabhat Jha and had given new leaders like Sumer Singh Solanki, Kailash Soni and Ajay Pratap Singh a chance. last time. The results of the poll from Khandwa Lok Sabha and the three Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha constituencies — Prithvipur, Jobat and Raigaon — will be announced on November 2.
Even many political experts argue that the power and influence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is no longer the same as it was between 2005-18. The name of Narottam Mishra, whose stature had grown in the party after 2019, had come back time and time again as the potential face of the party’s CM. A senior state official from Lok Sabha said: “The state party is going through a phase of transition. The leaders who formed the party’s core team are gradually being replaced by a new team. Between 2005-18, in Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s three previous terms, leaders like Prabhat Jha were very influential within the party. Satyanarayan Jatiya was a seven-term parliamentarian. But now they are not that powerful in the party. Leaders like Vishnu Dutt Sharma and Narottam Mishra have risen to prominence and are taking the lead. “
Experts who are watching developments in Bhopal closely also argue that these bypolls are important to Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself, as central management will analyze his performance and productivity in the state for the 2023 Assembly polls, in only two years. Ujjain-based senior political analyst Ramgopal Mishra said: “The road is not easy for Shivraj himself outside of Kamalnath’s 15-month rule, he had been in command for almost 15 years and the BJP wants to develop new leadership after him. VD Sharma’s stature had grown significantly within the party in the state. The BJP had removed many CMs to check anti-functioning in the states, so you can’t predict this which will happen after the bypolls. The saffron party had delegated more than a dozen ministers and 50 deputies and the entire base for the by-elections of three assembly seats and one seat of Lok Sabha distributed in the different regions of the state; everything is done under the supervision of Vishnu Datt sharma. The four seats are distributed in Madhya Pradesh with Khandwa in the region of Nimar, Jobat (ST) in the district of Alirajpur at the border MP -Gujarat, Prithvipur in the Bundelkh and, Raigaon – a side caste seat in Baghelkhand, and each had a distinct caste arithmetic.
In the polls, the results of which will be announced on November 2, around 25 lakhs of voters will decide the fate of 48 candidates. Jobat’s seat in Alirajpur and Prithvipur in Niwari became vacant after the deaths of Congress MPs Kalawati Bhuriya and Brijendra Singh Rathore, while bypolls are occurring in Raigaon due to the death of BJP MP Jugal Kishore Bagri.