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