BJP rejig in states on cards; Karnataka, MP, Bihar may get new chiefs

Nalin Kateel, VD Sjarma, sanjay Jaiswal

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By Manish Anand

New Delhi, August 11: The Bharatiya Janata Party in line with its bid to get the best men to lead the charge for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections would soon be carrying out phased rejig of the state units, with new chiefs likely to be named for Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

The top brass of the BJP has reviewed the organizational strength and activities in the last one year in some of the key states, particularly those headed for Assembly polls next year, besides some where the saffron outfit is keen to gain foothold as part of the long-term strategy.

“Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and some more states may get new chiefs of the party units. The changes are being mulled on the grounds that despite spending sufficient time the incumbent state units’ chiefs have not been able to leave their marks on the organisations and the party workers,” said a senior BJP functionary.

In Karnataka, the organisation of the BJP is seen struggling to counter the Opposition bid “to foist one or the other issue from time to time”.

Additionally, the BJP is fancying opportunity to make a significant inroads in the Vokkaliga vote base amid the rise of DK Shivakumar in the Congress against the caste influence held by the JD (S).

In Kerala, where the BJP flight remains grounded because of the multiple factions, the saffron outfit is searching for someone who can work on the Hindu-Christian combination for the next few years, sources said.

In Madhya Pradesh, where the incumbent VD Sharma has been the state unit chief for over two years, may yield his position to a new face.

Similarly, the BJP leaders also claimed that the party will take a fresh view on the Bihar state unit chief Sanjay Jaiswal, and may look for a new face, outside the trading caste, to gain support base among the constituencies which are with the JD (U) as part of the strategy to broaden influence among the extremely backward castes in the state.

It may be known that the BJP has already pressed its organisation in action for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, with specific mandates given to state units and their chiefs, which are being regularly monitored by the top brass of the saffron outfit.

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