Hi­machal polls: 40% new faces in BJP

‘Non-per­form­ing’ MLAs will not be fielded in Assem­bly polls

The Asian Age - - Front Page - YOJNA GUSAI

Hi­machal Pradesh BJP, it seems, is gear­ing up for a gen­er­a­tional shift as spec­u­la­tion is grow­ing that the party lead­er­ship could field nearly 40 per cent “new faces” in the Assem­bly elec­tions due later this year.

There has been grow­ing de­mand from the party’s work­ers that “non-per­form­ing” MLAs should not be re­peated and “new and cred­i­ble faces” from the saf­fron cadre should be given more or­gan­i­sa­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing field­ing them in the com­ing elec­toral bat­tle in the hill state.

BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah is sched­uled to visit the state on Septem­ber 22 to ad­dress a youth rally.

In the last state elec­tions, the Congress won 36 seats, while the BJP man­aged 26 in the 68-mem­ber state Assem­bly.

Es­ca­lat­ing fac­tion­al­ism within the rul­ing Congress and strong an­ti­in­cum­bency against party vet­eran Virb­hadra

Singh-led gov­ern­ment has brought cheer to the saf­fron camp, which is cur­rently busy giv­ing a fi­nal shape to its can­di­dates’ list.

The Kotkhai rape case has only added to the Congress’ woes, whose sit­ting MLAs are seek­ing votes for their own “good work” and re­frain­ing from men­tion­ing the Congress gov­ern­ment or its achieve­ments.

The RSS, it is learnt, has been hold­ing reg­u­lar meet­ings with the BJP lead­ers and giv­ing them feed­back on poll-re­lated is­sues, in­clud­ing prob­a­ble can­di­dates.

It was at the RSS’ be­hest that the BJP wit­nessed a gen­er­a­tional shift at the cen­tral level after the 2009 poll de­ba­cle, and it has been ad­vis­ing the party lead­er­ship that its state units also need to go in for the same.

BJP chief Amit Shah is set to visit Hi­machal Pradesh on Sept. 22 to ad­dress a youth rally in the state

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