Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh were probably the most talked about states after the recently concluded assembly elections. The talk of the world was who would the BJP confirm as the face for the Chief Minister’s post. After a couple of days high-end discussion and buzz; it seems the Narendra Modi-led BJP party are ready to start a new political era for these states.
Sources reveal that the names for the Chief Ministerial positions in all three states have been determined, and the BJP has officially given its nod of approval to the chosen candidates. However, with anticipation building for the official announcement, political speculations are soaring.
The CM candidate saga in Rajasthan
Rajasthan provided with one of the most interesting election campaigns this year. New faces rocked their mandate and old faces returned to glory.
Diya Kumari who won big in Jaipur was supposedly the foremost candidate in Rajasthan. Although, the party seems to have decided to go with the familiar and old face, Vasundhara Raje who reclaimed her constituency, Jhalrapatan.
BJP is edging closer to give Raje another chance to prove herself after she lost to Ashok Gehlot in 2018 and incidents piled up tarnishing her image.
There were also reports that if Raje did not get the CM post she was ready to walk out of the party alongside her 60 MLAs. This rumour was later rubbished by the party and Raje herself.
If Diya Kumari doesn’t get the CM’s post she will definitely end up acquiring Deputy CM’s post. There is a political reason behind this. The ‘laal diary’ incident which exposed the Gehlot-government about atrocities committed against women might drive BJP to select 2 female candidates for CM and Deputy CM to showcase their trust in women and possibly win Rajasthan forever.
However, the local sentiment in Rajasthan speaks the state deserves a Yogi-like governance. Fear of law is much needed in the state after recent killings.
Are Madhya Pradesh’s ‘laadli behenas’ getting their favourite bhaiya back?
There were rumours in Madhya Pradesh that Shivraj Singh Chouhan might not get back to the throne even after their landslide victory. The rumours were risen when PM Modi came to MP for rallies and did not even mention Chouhan once. The manifesto did not mention his name either. In fact, when Yogi Adityanath came to MP for rallies, his speeches didn’t mention Chouhan’s name either.
According to the sources the BJP were hunting for another younger candidate for their second favourite state with Jyotirao Scindia leading the race. Later on, the party had to change their plans considering the outpour of love and trust of MP’s people towards Shivraj.
However, the party is keen on to replace Chouhan as the ideology of the party does not believe in one man getting all the name for the state. To implement this, BJP will assign 2 Deputy CM’s one of them being Scindia. Shivraj Singh Chouhan is anticipated to nurture his deputies for future leaderships.
Both of these men are understood to be great friends and this rivalry for post doesn’t seem to interfere with their companionship. As a matter of fact Scindia was seen leaving for Chouhan’s house during the result day as he wanted to watch the result together.
The most awaited revelation is going to be Chattisgarh
BJP has received the highest percentage of votes from Scheduled Tribes (ST), Scheduled Castes (SC) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). These particular communities have been looking for leadership elsewhere from Congress; reason being BJP’s unprecedented victory in the state.
BJP and Modi are bracing themselves for the final showdown; 2024 General Elections. There are increasing chances that the party appoints a ST, SC, or OBC candidate for the CM post; in order to lock the state forever. In fact, BJP received 54% of votes from ST, SC, and OBC in Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh combined. This ends up being a very sweet position for Modi to showcase his and the party’s confidence in the tribal community.
However, Dr. Raman Singh enjoys the confidence of both Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Ground resources have confirmed that he is leading the race for the CM’s post. Singh is also Bhupesh Baghel’s arch rival. Baghel was the former CM of the state and faced a resounding defeat. Raman also represents the OBC face for BJP.
Talking about tribal community representation, Renuka Singh is also not far behind in the race. Appointment of Renuka Singh also promotes women empowerment and increases women percentage of MLA’s and ministers for BJP in the parliament. Indirectly, sets up a strong agenda for the mega-showdown in 2024.