BJP's dilemma: To name or not to name CMs

BJP's dilemma:  To name or not  to name CMs

Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi will remain the BJP’s poll mascot, the party is mulling over options to evolve a strategy keeping the five election-bound states in mind.

A discussion on the chief ministerial candidates for states may also figure in the party’s central election committee meeting which is likely to take place on Sunday. The meeting is being held to decide on candidates for elections in Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand.

The BJP’s two-day national executive in New Delhi beginning Friday will also assess the ground situation in the poll-bound states.

In the recent state elections, the BJP resorted to different strategies. The party did not project a chief ministerial candidate for Delhi and Bihar, where it lost. But in Assam, the BJP projected Sarbananda Sonowal and won the elections.

For the Uttar Pradesh (UP) polls, the party has decided to contest the elections on the Modi government’s performance. When asked who would be the face of the BJP in UP, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said there is no need to project a chief ministerial candidate to take on Akhilesh Yadav.

“The BJP has won many state polls without a chief ministerial face,” said Singh.  Similarly, the party is undecided on the chief ministerial candidate for Uttarakhand as it faces a problem of plenty.

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