OBC factor evolves in BJP’s Chhattisgarh game
Of the three states the BJP lost in the 2018 Assembly polls, the loss of Chhattisgarh was the most shocking, as the defeat there, unlike Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, was more of a rout. Since then, the party has been looking for a way to regain electoral favor, including the search for a new head of state, which this time around appears to revolve around candidates from the community of others. backward classes (OBC).
According to senior sources within the party, the loss of Congress has led to a radical set of measures in terms of organizational thinking. “Immediately after the defeat of 2018, we had the general election of 2019, where the BJP changed its 11 candidates and managed to win nine out of 11. This also led to rethinking the question of leadership until the next polls. to the Assembly, ”the source said.
BJP national secretary general in charge of Chhattisgarh, D. Purandareshwari, and deputy secretary general (organization) Shiv Prakash have visited Chhattisgarh on several occasions, with senior state party leaders noting that community leaders OBC held the attention.
Ajay Chandrakar, MP, is one of the leaders to whom special attention is paid because he is active in the Assembly and his outspokenness. The former IAS OP Chaudhary officer, who prematurely retired from the civil service to fight and lose the 2018 election on a BJP ticket, is also active inside the state and is in being prepared for an important role in the future. In Chhattisgarh, CBOs represent nearly 50% of the vote, with Mr. Chaudhary belonging to the dominant community of Aghariya among them. Mr. Chandrakar was a minister in the government of former chief minister Raman Singh. Opposition leader Dharam Lal Kaushik, belonging to the Kurmi community, is the third part of this triumvirate of leadership pushed by Delhi.
In fact, the party’s senior leadership has made it clear that the next polls may not be conducted around one face, a development many have interpreted to mean that this is the end of the road for Mr Raman Singh.
Senior party leaders in Chhattisgarh said its rout in the state was analyzed in Delhi and Raipur, and although ruling opposition to a third term was seen as one of the main reasons for the loss The fact that the party made a blank on OBC the support attracted by Congress because of its pledge to pay bonuses on the grain supply and the leadership of Bhupesh Baghel belonging to an OBC group was also an important factor. .
The recent cabinet reshuffle emphasizing the inclusion of many faces of OBC communities, coupled with the demand from various parties for a caste census and the lifting of the current 50% reservation cap, also appear to have converged with the guidelines. BJP policies. reading to Chhattisgarh, the party hoping one of its OBC faces can click with people.