BJP’s Bold Move: Unveiling Candidates BEFORE Election Commission?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken an unprecedented step by announcing its first lists of candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, which are scheduled for later this year. Notably, this marks the first instance where the party has chosen to reveal its candidates before the formal announcement of election dates by the Election Commission of India.

The disclosed candidate lists comprise 21 individuals for the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly and 39 candidates for the 230-member Madhya Pradesh House. This strategic move follows a crucial meeting led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, involving the party’s central election committee—an entity responsible for pivotal decisions regarding candidate selection and the formulation of campaign strategies.

The rationale behind this proactive unveiling of candidate names by the BJP is to effectively address any potential internal conflicts within the party well in advance. This pre-emptive approach seeks to ensure smoother preparations and minimize disruptions, especially in light of the party’s setback in Karnataka earlier this year. With upcoming elections scheduled in five states—Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Mizoram—the BJP aims to avert the recurrence of past electoral setbacks.

Among these states, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Telangana are presently governed by Opposition parties. In Mizoram, the BJP’s relationship with its ally, the Mizo National Front, has become strained due to the ongoing Manipur conflict. Notably, the Madhya Pradesh election is anticipated to be a closely contested competition between the BJP and the Congress.

In Chhattisgarh, one noteworthy inclusion is Vijay Baghel, a Lok Sabha MP from Durg and former MLA from Patan, who is slated to contest from the same constituency. Interestingly, the initial candidate list does not feature the names of prominent figures like former Chief Minister Raman Singh and other senior party leaders.

Likewise, in Madhya Pradesh, the first candidate list excludes Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other prominent ministers.

The candidate lists put forth by the BJP for Chhattisgarh encompass representation for various segments, including five women, ten candidates from Scheduled Tribes, and one from the Scheduled Castes category. In a similar vein, the party’s candidate selection for Madhya Pradesh includes five women, eight Scheduled Caste candidates, and thirteen candidates from Scheduled Tribes.

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