Ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, BJP Makes Changes to Address Organizational Issues, Political Challenges

With its eyes set on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP is likely to continue changing key positions in several of its state units to deal with organizational issues and emerging political challenges. The recent reform of its apex organizational body, the Parliamentary Board, may have made more news for the Union minister’s lapse Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, but the BJP has made it socially and regionally more representative. For the first time, non-upper castes are in majority on the board, as the party continues to reach out to the traditionally weaker and backward sections of the society.

Earlier, BJP’s top leaders had made changes in several states and now he may appoint a new president of his Uttar Pradesh unit and bring in some fresh faces in Bihar, where JD(U) left it after Its traditional calculation has been retained. and joined hands with the RJD-Congress-Left alliance. Over the past few weeks, the BJP has appointed state presidents in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh and reshuffled people holding important positions in several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and West Bengal.

The ruling party had reaped a bumper crop in most of these states in 2019 and made huge gains in Bengal and Telangana. There is also speculation about the fate of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. Critics have questioned his leadership ability in a state where the opposition Congress remains a strong force but the BJP has so far denied any change.

The decision to induct BS Yediyurappa, the aging but still powerful Lingayat leader into the parliamentary board, however, highlights its continued effort to intensify its social outreach in its only southern bastion. Giving a national role to UP general secretary Sunil Bansal in charge of the organization as an acknowledgment of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s pre-eminence in the affairs of the state as confidence in Bansal’s abilities is amid talks of differences between the two leaders on several issues.

Sources said the party’s choice to replace Swatantra Dev Singh, a minister in the state cabinet, as the Uttar Pradesh chief will have regional and caste counts. A party leader said the BJP continues to dominate Uttar Pradesh and said its national leadership has always prioritized strong coordination between the party’s organizational machinery and state governments for electoral success. With Adityanath’s stock rising after the BJP’s sympathetic victory in the 2021 assembly elections, the party is looking to maintain its dominance over its divided rivals in India’s largest state, which is part of its major victories in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. center has been. Bansal has now been placed in charge of Telangana, West Bengal and Odisha, three states ruled by various regional parties and marked by the BJP for his next round of expansion, a reorganization of political forces in Maharashtra and Bihar. change is required. BJP.

The challenge for the party is tough in Bihar where the ruling NDA won 31 and 39 of its 40 Lok Sabha seats in 2014 and 2019, respectively. However, the combined strength of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD has sent the party to the drawing board as the basic support base of its rivals appears strong on paper. BJP sources said the party will have to reach out to the backward classes and scheduled castes, which include the upper castes, in good humour, while maintaining its traditional base. He said the possible changes in the state including the new Speaker and leaders of both the houses of the state legislature would reflect this.

In the meeting of state BJP leaders with Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda, the target was to win 35 seats in 2024. The BJP recently replaced its president and leader of the opposition in Chhattisgarh, largely aimed at shuffling its cards in the Congress-ruled state, where it faced defeats in bypolls and local elections. was.

Even neighboring Madhya Pradesh often ranks among the states where the BJP is expected to make some changes in key positions. Following its success in toppling the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, the BJP replaced its president Chandrakant Patil, a Maratha, with Chandrashekhar Bawankule, an OBC, as the party’s traditional support base.

Though the Shiv Sena has weakened after the Partition, it is believed that its alliance with the NCP-Congress alliance may still pose a major challenge in the elections. BJP president JP Nadda had made key organizational appointments in some state units last month, in which Rajesh GV of the RSS was drafted as general secretary (organisation) in Karnataka. Rajesh Jivi replaces Arun Kumar, who has returned to the RSS, considered the ideological guru of the BJP.

Ajay Jamwal, who was regional general secretary (organization) in charge of the northeastern states, now looks after the party’s Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh units in the same position, while minister Srinivasulu was transferred from Telangana to Punjab as general secretary (organisation) .

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