The BJP headquarters in New Delhi is set to see bustling activity on Wednesday evening, with thousands of party activists gathering to give a grand welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the successful G20 summit.
The fact that India hosted this prestigious summit and the country managed to reach consensus on the New Delhi Declaration is considered a major diplomatic victory. The country’s successful presidency of the G20 and its championing of Global South issues have also strengthened its case for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
The Prime Minister will get down to election work immediately after the welcome and attend the meeting of the BJP’s central election committee to decide candidates for the crucial elections in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
The committee also met on August 16 and candidates were announced a day later for 39 constituencies in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and 21 in Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh. These were seats where the BJP has no sitting MLAs.
Sources said Wednesday’s meeting is likely to see deliberations on 50 constituencies in Madhya Pradesh and 35 in Chhattisgarh. Madhya Pradesh has 230 Assembly seats and Chhattisgarh has 90.
Other members of the committee include BJP president JP Nadda, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
The nomination of candidates in August, which took place three months before the state elections, had surprised many as it was the first time that the BJP had announced a list even before the Election Commission of India declared the polls . Appointment.
The move was seen as an attempt to pre-empt any friction within the party and iron out issues ahead of elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram. This is especially important since the party lost in all four major states in 2018.
The party had bounced back in the Lok Sabha elections the following year, winning Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, and doing better than the Congress in Telangana. He also managed to topple the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, following the rebellion led by Jyotiraditya Scindia, and Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in as chief minister in 2020.
As in 2018, the elections in the five states are being considered as a ‘semi-final’ before the Lok Sabha elections next year. They became even more important due to the BJP’s heavy defeat in Karnataka in May, which ensured that the party was no longer in power in any southern Indian state.