BJP vs Congress: Name changers or game changers?

BJP vs Congress: Name changers or game changers?

Gamble or political master stroke? State elections slated for next year will respond to the question if change of chief ministers will bear the desired fruit

Credit: Sajith Kumar

Between them, BJP and Congress both have changed Chief Ministers in four states; BJP has done in three – Gujarat, Karnataka and Uttarakhand (twice this year), and Congress in Punjab.

Out of these, three go to polls next year – Punjab and Uttarakhand in February-March and Gujarat the year-end, while Karnataka will see polls in mid-2023. Will these changes in CMs have the desired impact?

In Karnataka and Punjab, stalwarts like Yediyurappa and Capt Amarinder Singh have been removed. In Uttarakhand, BJP has, after two changes, settled on a young Pushkar Dhami while a low profile Bhupendra Patel is the party’s choice to woo Patidar voters in Gujarat.

Time will test whether the newbies emerge champions and live up to the expectations. DH takes a look at changes in all these four states here:

'Accidental CM' Channi faces hurdles

Tough task before new Uttarakhand CM

Will Patidars back BJP again in Gujarat?

Bommai sitting pretty for now

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