CM Chouhan and VD Sharma May Lead BJP in Opinion Polls, But with Checks: Sources
Bhopal, July 12 (IANS) It is almost certain that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and BJP state chief V. D. Sharma will jointly lead the party’s campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in the state, but with limited decision-making power.
A three-hour meeting chaired by Union Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday night discussed measures to strengthen the booths and create a positive image of the party among residents of the election-headed state.
“The Home Minister has done a detailed analysis of the preparations and reports,” said State Chief V D Sharma after exiting the meeting.
He said Shah also directed the launch of a ‘vijay sankalp’ booth to create a positive atmosphere in favor of the BJP.
However, according to sources, the ‘Sankalp Abhiyan booth’ is not a new concept as Sharma’s BJP unit has already prepared a roadmap for this.
Now, she has a green signal to start the campaign.
Tuesday’s meeting is also seen as an indication that Shivraj Singh Chauhan and V D Sharma will not have much decision-making power, as the central leadership has assumed control.
Though, this was made clear when Union Ministers Bhupendra Yadav and Ashwini Vaishnau were appointed as the in charge and in charge of Madhya Pradesh respectively.
Sources said Rajasthan-based Bhupendra Yadav, who is considered to be very close to Amit Shah, will have full power in taking decisions in view of the assembly elections.
He will submit his daily report to Shah.
Sources say that one of the reasons for appointing Bhupendra Yadav in charge of Madhya Pradesh was the internal rift between the BJP’s highest member unit, especially CM Chauhan and VD Sharma.
Now, with the active role of Bhupendra Yadav and Ashwini Vaishnau – both Shivraj and VD Sharma will follow the instructions from the Centre’s leadership.
Meanwhile, the Congress, while blaming the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the late-night meeting, said the party leadership had made it clear that they did not trust the longest-serving Prime Minister Shivraj Sigh Chauhan.
The BJP leaders and workers know they will lose the election. In the past two decades, Madhya Pradesh has emerged as a hub for fraud and corruption and people are tired of Shivraj Singh Chauhan. Congress spokesman Abbas Hafeez confirmed that the central leaders are aware of this.