The announcement came after the party suffered heavy losses in recent elections, losing three crucial states to Congress ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections
Stung by the losses in three Hindi-heartland states in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party has apponited the former Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh to key roles in the organisation, indicating that these leaders could play a major role in the general elections. BJP president announced on Thursday that Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vasundhara Raje and Raman Singh have been appointed as BJP national vice presidents.
The appointment of the three leaders from states where the party suffered shock defeats to key roles in the party suggests two things. First, that the party has put a great stock in the three leaders and they will be playing a crucial role in the Lok Sabha elections. Second, the BJP is looking to cultivate a rung of young leaders in these states.
विश्व के सबसे बड़े संगठन @BJP4India के उपाध्यक्ष पद की महत्वपूर्ण जिम्मेदारी सौंपने के लिए प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी और अध्यक्ष @AmitShah जी का आभार व्यक्त करता हूं। दी गई जिम्मेदारी को पूर्ण निष्ठा के साथ निर्वहन करुंगा व संगठन के जरिए देशसेवा का संकल्प निरंतर जारी रखूंगा।
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) January 10, 2019
भाजपा केंद्रीय नेतृत्व ने मुझे राष्ट्रीय उपाध्यक्ष के रूप में जो जिम्मेदारी सौंपी है उसका निर्वहन मैं पूरी निष्ठा से करूंगी। इस विश्वास के लिए आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी तथा अध्यक्ष श्री @AmitShah जी का हार्दिक आभार।आप सभी की शुभकामनाओं के लिए भी धन्यवाद।@BJP4India
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) January 11, 2019
विश्व के सबसे बड़े राजनीतिक दल @BJP4India के राष्ट्रीय उपाध्यक्ष की ज़िम्मेदारी दिए जाने पर मैं प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी और राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री @AmitShah जी का आभार व्यक्त करता हूँ। मैं पूरी निष्ठा एवं कर्मठता से दी गई ज़िम्मेदारियों का निर्वहन करता रहूँगा।
— Dr Raman Singh (@drramansingh) January 10, 2019
Post the election loss, former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had expressed that he has no aspirations for a national role and was happy to live in his home state to serve its people. Chouhan served as the chief minister of MP for three consecutive terms and was popularly known as “Mamaji” within the masses.
Congress was able to snatch three Hindi heartland states from the saffron party, a development seen as a severe blow to the party which is ruling at the Centre after a thumping victory in 2014 general elections. The Congress-led government in the states saw Kamal Nath being appointed the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh while Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel were instated as Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, respectively.
The move by the saffron party to appoint the three BJP leaders as vice presidents was made after the Congress appointed former Chief Minister Sheila Dixit as the state Congress chief of Delhi. With less than 100 days remaining for the Lok Sabha elections, Dikshit, 80, has her work cut out for her.