Raman Singh sidelined as BJP pins hopes on PM Modi for Chhattisgarh elections

In an effort to address internal divisions within the state unit, a recent decision has been made following a lengthy meeting attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and senior BJP leaders from the state. The decision aims to reduce factionalism and its effects.

New Delhi Latest updates: Raman Singh, the three-time Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, will not be the BJP's face for the upcoming state elections. Instead, the party has decided to fight the elections collectively, without a Chief Ministerial candidate, in a move unprecedented for the BJP in the state. This decision reflects a strategic shift in the party's approach, aimed at capitalizing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popular image during his Raipur tour.

The BJP's decision to fight under collective leadership is an effort to address factionalism within the state unit, following a lengthy meeting led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and senior BJP leaders. Om Mathur, the party's National Vice President, and Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Health Minister, have been appointed as the election in-charges for Chhattisgarh.

The BJP faces a significant challenge in Chhattisgarh, as it suffered a major defeat in the previous assembly election, with Congress securing a substantial majority. However, the BJP's performance improved in the subsequent 2019 general elections, winning the majority of votes and parliamentary seats in the state.

With the end of the Baghel government's five-year tenure, the BJP sees an opportunity for a comeback, sensing a growing dissatisfaction among the people. Apart from Chhattisgarh, other states such as Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, and Telangana are also scheduled for assembly polls later this year, marking the final round of state elections before the crucial Lok Sabha polls next year.