Himachal polls: 40% new faces in BJP
‘Non-performing’ MLAs will not be fielded in Assembly polls
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