BJP in Hi­machal...

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Con­tin­ued from Page 1 Sources said that ear­lier this year the BJP high com­mand had en­gaged a Gu­jarat-based foun­da­tion to seek feed­back on var­i­ous is­sues, in­clud­ing peo­ple’s mood, is­sues that need to ad­dressed be­fore the polls, likely can­di­dates from each con­stituency and party mem­bers who could be given a big­ger role. The BJP lead­er­ship has also been try­ing to con­tain fac­tion­al­ism in its state unit, where vet­eran lead­ers, in­clud­ing two for­mer chief min­is­ters, wield con­sid­er­able in­flu­ence. Fac­tion­al­ism, in fact, was said to be one of the causes for the BJP’s poll loss last time, and since then ef­forts were be­ing made to bring in a gen­er­a­tional shift. Though the BJP is con­fi­dent of win­ning it’s wary of up­set­ting any fac­tion. That’s why it’s likely to go to the polls with­out a chief min­is­te­rial can­di­date in Hi­machal Pradesh, un­like in Gu­jarat and Kar­nataka where it has named its CM can­di­dates.

Gu­jarat, Kar­nataka, Hi­machal Pradesh, Na­ga­land, Megha­laya, Tripura and Mi­zo­ram are due to go to the polls.

“Congress is busy play­ing the Blue Whale chal­lenge (self-de­struc­tion)... Even Congress work­ers have re­alised that their party is not go­ing to win... The BJP will reg­is­ter a mas­sive win… we will beat our own ‘Mis­sion 50’ tar­get for this polls,” said a se­nior leader who is in­volved in the poll re­lated strate­gies.

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