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‘Suspense will be over…’: BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya claim on new CMs names for three states

Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Thursday made a big claim when he said that the party will finalise the Chief Minister’s name for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh by Sunday.

When asked about how long will the suspense over new CMs in states where the BJP won the assembly elections will last, Kailash Vijayvargiya replied,”Ravivar ko khatm ho jaayega (It will come to an end on Sunday).”

Hectic parleys are going on within BJP after the party scored big wins in three assembly polls, talks within the party shifted to the likely chief ministerial picks in these states, with senior leaders holding discussions.

While there has been no word from senior party leaders on the likely chief ministerial picks, many within the BJP hold the view that the massive mandate it has got in the three states should be seen as a strong statement of wider popular support for its policies and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, and not through the prism of any particular state.

BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who has been elected as an MLA from Madhya Pradesh, shared the impression, asserting that it was Modi’s leadership behind the massive mandate and not any particular scheme of the state government headed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

When asked if the ‘Ladli Behna’ scheme played a role in the big win in the state, he shot back on Saturday, “Was the Ladli Behna scheme there in Chhattisgarh or Rajasthan.”

Some party leaders said if the leadership wants to usher in a new line of leadership in the three states, then this was an opportune time.

However, Chouhan remains a strong contender for the post of chief minister following the party’s win with a two-thirds majority. Other state satraps such as Union ministers Prahlad Patel, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Narendra Singh Tomar besides Vijayvargiya are being seen as among the other probables for the post.

Asked how he sees the results, including in Madhya Pradesh, Patel said, “It was all due to the magic named Modi.” He also credited Amit Shah’s poll strategy for the victories.

In Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, there is a strong view among party leaders that the leadership may opt for new faces even though former chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and Raman Singh have also been elected as MLAs in the two states, respectively.

Union ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Arjun Ram Meghwal, state party president C P Joshi, Diya Kumari, who was among the more prominent faces during the campaign, and Mahant Balaknath are being talked about as probables for the post of chief minister in Rajasthan.

BJP sources said someone like Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, who has been a three-term MLA and enjoys the confidence of the party leadership, will also be a natural contender.

In Chhattisgarh, former chief minister Raman Singh, state BJP president Arun Kumar Sao, leader of opposition Dharamlal Kaushik and former IAS officer O P Chaudhary are seen by political watchers as among the contenders for the top job.

Except for Singh, all three leaders come from the Other Backward Classes (OBC).

It must be said, though, that the BJP leadership has often surprised observers with its chief ministerial picks in the past.

*With Agency Inputs

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Published: 07 Dec 2023, 10:02 PM IST

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