BJP May Deny Ticket To 20% MLAs In Himachal On The Basis Of Performance Report

The Himachal Pradesh assembly elections are going to be held in November-December this year, and the political parties have started gearing up for the upcoming polls.

Himachal is amongst those states where the people believe in changing the govt in every 5 years. Currently the BJP is the ruling party in Himachal and recently the party had lost Mandi Lok Sabha and three assembly seats in the by-polls. Now the BJP high command is planning to undertake a performance review of its MLAs, which will play a major role in the ticket distribution.

According to sources in the BJP, the party has already conducted several performance reviews. The sources said the party is considering replacing the non-performing MLAs with new faces to help beat anti-incumbency.

However, the BJP has made it clear that it will fight the elections under Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur: It was the party’s national president, J.P. Nadda, who made the announcement on a visit to the state on 11 April. 

In the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP won 44 of the state’s 68 assembly seats in 2017, while the Congress which was the ruling party, had scored just 21.

Himachal has been witnessing a change in regime in every five years for decades, but now after winning Uttarkhand where the political scenario was similar, the BJP is now eyeing to break this trend in Himachal Pradesh.

This is not the first time that the BJP has decided not to field non-performing MLAs to beat anti-incumbency. The BJP’s Gujarat unit has been using this strategy since Narendra Modi’s chief ministerial days, and the practice has been adopted by party units in other states.

Source: The Print

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