BJP in a dilemma over CM candidate for next year’s UP Assembly polls
NEW DELHI: As the BJP readies for the crucial electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh next year, it is caught in a Hamletian dilemma: to project or not to project a chief ministerial candidate.
A series of internal consultations in the past few weeks has not produced an answer. As per the party leadership’s assessment, the BJP needs to project a face to take on Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, the respective chief ministerial candidates of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.
The problem, however, is the BJP does not have many credible options in a state where it got 71 of 80 Lok Sabha seats in 2014.
“We are discussing two issues. Should we project a face and if yes, who? There has to be a caste balance between the CM face and the party chief. These have to be shared between a backward and an upper caste leader,” a Union minister from UP, who is part of the consultation process, said.
The BJP leadership is wary of an upper caste leader as its face in UP, where the backwards hold the key. It is equally worried about the prospects of its upper caste support base drifting away.
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