Among the many three States that the BJP misplaced within the 2018 set of Meeting polls, the lack of Chhattisgarh rankled essentially the most, because the defeat there, in contrast to Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, was extra of a rout. Ever since then, the social gathering has been looking out for a means again into electoral favour, together with the seek for a brand new chief within the State, which this time round seems to be devolving round candidates from the Different Backward Lessons (OBC) group.
In response to senior sources within the social gathering, the loss to the Congress has led to a radical set of measures being taken when it comes to organisational pondering. “Instantly after the lack of 2018, we had the final election in 2019, the place the BJP modified all 11 of its candidates and managed to win 9 out of the 11. This additionally led to some rethink on the query of management going as much as the following Meeting polls,” mentioned the supply.
BJP’s nationwide common secretary in command of Chhattisgarh, D. Purandareshwari, and joint common secretary (organisation) Shiv Prakash have made a number of visits to Chhattisgarh, with senior social gathering leaders within the State noticing that leaders of the OBC group being given consideration.
Ajay Chandrakar, MLA, is likely one of the leaders being paid shut consideration to as he’s energetic within the Meeting and outspoken. Former IAS officer O.P. Chaudhary, who took untimely retirement from the civil companies to combat and lose the 2018 polls on a BJP ticket, can be energetic within the interiors of the State, and is being groomed for an vital function going forward. In Chhattisgarh, OBCs comprise practically 50% of the vote, with Mr. Chaudhary belonging to the dominant Aghariya group amongst them. Mr. Chandrakar has been a minister in former Chief Minister Raman Singh’s authorities. Chief of the opposition Dharam Lal Kaushik, belonging to the Kurmi group, types the third a part of this triumvirate of management being pushed by Delhi.
Actually, the senior management of the social gathering made it clear that the following polls will not be fought round one face, a growth that many have taken to imply that it’s the finish of the street for Mr. Raman Singh.
Senior social gathering leaders in Chhattisgarh mentioned its rout within the State was analysed in Delhi and Raipur, and whereas anti-incumbency in opposition to a third-term authorities was thought-about one of many principal causes for the loss, the truth that the social gathering drew a clean on OBC assist interested in the Congress resulting from its promise of bonus fee on grain procurement and the management of Bhupesh Baghel belonging to an OBC group was additionally an vital issue.
The latest Cupboard reshuffle with emphasis on inclusion of many faces from the OBC communities, coupled with the demand from varied events for a caste census and the lifting of the cap for reservation from the present 50%, appear to have additionally converged with the BJP’s political studying in Chhattisgarh, with the social gathering hoping that considered one of its OBC faces might click on with individuals.