70% BJP MPs MAY BE DE­NIED 2019 TICK­ETS FOR NON-PER­FOR­MANCE

Sunday Express - - NEWS - MAN­ISH ANAND

THE BJP ap­pears to be gear­ing up for anti-in­cum­bency surgery ahead of the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions, with a mes­sage to its Lok Sabha MPs that most of them have de­liv­ered dis­ap­point­ing re­sults on the ground. As many as 70 per cent MPs stand the risk of be­ing de­nied party tick­ets.

“Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah be­lieve that strong anti-in­cum­bency pre­vails against a ma­jor­ity of the Lok Sabha mem­bers, who failed to

carry out de­vel­op­ment work in their con­stituen­cies. It is ev­i­dent to the party’s top brass that they may not win the trust of the peo­ple for an­other five years in the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions,” a Cab­i­net min­is­ter told The New Sun­day Ex­press.

The Prime Min­is­ter is also learnt to have ex­pressed his ex­as­per­a­tion with the MPs at the re­cent BJP Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive, ask­ing them to spec­ify the bot­tle­necks they were fac­ing in car­ry­ing out de­vel­op­ment work.

“It is a mat­ter of con­cern that de­spite the doors of all Cen­tral min­istries be­ing open for MPs of the BJP, a size­able chunk of the Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans don’t seem to en­joy pos­i­tive in­cum­bency in their con­stituen­cies. The thought at the top level in the party is to pun­ish them by deny­ing nom­i­na­tions to al­most 70 per cent of them,” said a BJP func­tionary.

The party has also taken a grim view of the luke­warm pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Ti­ranga Ya­tra taken out by the MPs in their con­stituen­cies around Au­gust 15 on the Prime Min­is­ter’s di­rec­tions.

THE BJP is all set to de­liver the stern mes­sage to its Lok Sabha MPs that most of them have de­liv­ered un­sat­is­fac­tory re­sults on the ground, ahead of the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions. As many as 70 per cent of its MPs stand the risk of be­ing de­nied party ticket in the elec­tions.

A func­tionary re­vealed that the party has taken a grim view of the luke­warm pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Ti­ranga Ya­tra taken out by the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in their con­stituen­cies around Au­gust 15 on the prime min­is­ter’s di­rec­tions.

“The MPs were given the spe­cific task of per­suad­ing peo­ple in their con­stituen­cies to down­load and use the BHIM app to help pro­mote dig­i­tal trans­ac­tions, but that didn’t hap­pen,” added the BJP func­tionary.

The BJP lead­er­ship is con­vinced that there is an over­whelm­ing pos­i­tive en­dorse­ment of the prime min­is­ter in con­trast to the neg­a­tive air against a ma­jor­ity of the Lok Sabha mem­bers.

“The BJP will be bank­ing heav­ily on the prime min­is­ter to win the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions. Amit Shah will have to slog harder to beat anti-in­cum­bency against the MPs.

One way of en­er­gis­ing the cadre and crush­ing any sort of overt or covert re­bel­lion by the MPs de­nied re-nom­i­na­tion would be to field a big num­ber of young lead­ers,” said a Cab­i­net min­is­ter.

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