Rama Krishna Sangem
Worried over its prospects in five election bound states which go to polls this December, the BJP leadership has commenced corrective measures. All these days, the party top brass was confident of things, but going by latest reports, the situation is not encouraging in any of the states.
Former union minister and Rajya Sabha MP Prakash Javadekar has been made election in charge of Telangana. National general secretary, Sunil Bansal, who was otherwise in-charge of the state will now co-assist Javadekar. Recently, some Telangana BJP leaders complained to the party national leaders that Sunil Bansal was favoring only a section of them in the State, while neglecting others.
BJP on July 7, Friday appointed election in-charges for poll bound states namely Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. These changes were announced after extensive discussions between PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda in the last few days.
Union minister Bhupendra Yadav has been given charge of Madhya Pradesh. He has overseen elections in Bihar and Gujarat earlier. He will be assisted by union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. After the poll debacle in the last assembly elections, the BJP is trying its best to retain power in Madhya Pradesh.
In Rajasthan, where the polls are expected to witness a close battle between the BJP and Congress, the election in charge will be union minister Prahlad Joshi while the two co-in charges will be Nitin Patel and Kuldeep Bishnoi. In Chhattisgarh, senior party leader Om Mathur will be the party’s election in-charge and he will be co-assisted by union minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
Some ministers may go, some may not
There are indications that a Union Cabinet reshuffle is on the cards either on Sunday or later next week, but definitely before the monsoon session of Parliament that starts July 20. Some ministers like Bhupendra Yadav may lose their jobs, but not others like Ashwin Vaishnaw, who holds crucial IT and Railways portfolio.