The modern BJP is a strong opponent in elections because it does not allow complacency to slip in. In the upcoming assembly elections in MP, the party is competing fiercely with Congress. The BJP unveiled their slate of 39 potential candidates on Monday night. The highlight was a different kind of shakeup. Veterans, including several ministers in the government of India, have being urged to return home to run in upcoming assembly elections. Narendra Singh Tomar, the minister of agriculture, was one of them.
To everyone’s astonishment, the party’s national general secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya, is conflicted about it since it may affect his son’s chances of earning a ticket. Some of the party’s major hitters were reportedly caught off guard when they saw their names on the list of candidates for the assembly elections, despite having participated in the party’s election committee meetings. In terms of upsetting the established order, mission accomplished. There are hints that the BJP would employ a similar technique in other states where elections are imminent, like as Telangana and Rajasthan.
While the BJP has already gotten rid of prominent officials, this shakeup is different. More than anywhere else, 2021 saw the dramatic implementation of the earlier method in Gujarat, when the incumbent chief minister and his or her entire cabinet were swept off a full year before the next election. Many of the members of the new legislature, including the new chief minister Bhupendra Patel, are freshmen. A historic mandate was given to BJP in 2022. Karnataka’s unsuccessful attempt to demote its veterans in the state assembly elections this year was not enough to counteract anti-incumbency. The outcomes demonstrate that voters take into account other considerations, such as the performance of the existing administration, making a change in party leadership not always successful.
Anxiety and Tension in Behaviour
The BJP’s behavior in MP has been seen by some as an indication of anxiety. The government of Shivraj Singh Chouhan has shown this with the introduction of new social programs this year. First, the government of India (GOI) subsidized LPG cylinders by increasing the subsidy after lowering the price.
Despite this, the trend of the previous several elections demonstrates the continued fierce competition in the political economy. Both externally between parties and internally among parties. We can’t afford to be complacent. Voters may be very harsh.