Lok Sabha elections 2019: Chhattisgarh BJP MPs unhappy over party’s decision not to repeat candidates

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New Delhi | Published: March 21, 2019 9:50:58 AM

There are reports of discontent among BJP's Chattisgarh unit leaders after the party's Central Election Committee’s decision to replacing all 10 sitting MPs.

bjp, bjp chattisgarh, lok sabha elections, lok sabha elections 2019Last Tuesday, state’s BJP in-charge Anil Jain announced party’s decision not to retain any candidate from the last Lok Sabha elections.

There are reports of discontent among BJP’s Chattisgarh unit leaders after the party’s Central Election Committee’s decision to replacing all 10 sitting MPs. A number of them have alleged that MPs having multiple terms have been disrespected with the decision. They also felt that the decision would do more harm than good.

Last Tuesday, state’s BJP in-charge Anil Jain announced party’s decision not to retain any candidate from the last Lok Sabha elections. During the 2014 general elections, BJP had won 10 of 11 seats. Party candidates who lost Assembly polls recently would also not be considered, the party decided.

This decision means that a number of senior leaders including former Union Minister Ramesh Bais, Union Minister Vishnu Dev Sai, and Member of Parliament Dinesh Kashyap, will not get tickets to contest polls .

Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh also reiterated BJP top leadership’s decision reiterating that that “everyone should respect”. The party, however, appeared to be divided after the issue, as some supporters are urging their MPs to “show their strength”.

Raipur MP Bais, while speaking to Indian Express said he was hopeful that decision would be changed . “I don’t think it’s final, we will wait and see. Things will be clear in two or three days,”he told the paper. “The party workers who have been with me will get angry. We may have to convince them if that is the final decision. It’s a difficult task,” he added further.

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From late Tuesday night, supporters began trickling in to the Raipur home of Bais, who is considered close to the BJP old guard. “How can you disrespect someone who has been such a big leader, and an MP for eight times running? If the BJP sticks with this decision, people may not work for the party at all,” said a supporter.

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