New Delhi, Pretr: In an attempt to overcome the veiled anti-incumbency wave in Tripura and to quell any dissatisfaction within the party office-bearers, the BJP plans to enter the state assembly elections with a new face (Dr. Manik Saha). adopted which has been successful in the past as well. With the BJP’s bid to change the chief minister just before the elections in Uttarakhand turned out to be successful, top BJP leaders have opted for a similar change in Tripura, where elections are due early next year.

Five chief ministers changed including Gujarat and Karnataka

The BJP has replaced five chief ministers, including those of Gujarat and Karnataka, since 2019. Dr. Saha is the fourth former Congress leader from the Northeast to become the chief minister of the region after joining the BJP. This is a clear indication that the electoral value of any leader is paramount for the party. Himanta Biswa Sarma of Assam, Pema Khandu in Arunachal Pradesh and N. Biren Singh is the other chief minister who was earlier in the Congress.

Opposition targets BJP’s strategy

Though the opposition has targeted the BJP for removing its chief ministers, political observers believe that these changes underscore the party leadership’s readiness to analyze the ground situation and act accordingly. A BJP leader said that in the last two-three years, there were broadly three factors behind the change of chief ministers. These are ‘work on the ground, keeping the organization in good shape and the popularity of the leader’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014, has been in favor of giving freedom to the Chief Ministers to work according to them, but after the defeat of the BJP in the Jharkhand Assembly elections as well as Chief Minister Raghubar Das himself losing his seat. realized the need for a leadership change. Sources said that within days of the announcement of the election results, the BJP brought back its former leader Babulal Marandi, who had floated his own political party.

BJP changed five chief ministers from 2019

In September last year, the BJP replaced Vijay Rupani with Bhupendra Patel as the chief minister of Gujarat, who comes from the numerically important Patel community in the state. Changing Chief Minister in Karnataka, BJP replaced BS Yeddyurappa, who hails from the Lingayat community, with another Lingayat leader Basavaraj S. Bommai was made the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The BJP appointed another Thakur leader in place of two Thakur Chief Ministers in Uttarakhand. After the assembly elections in Assam last year, the BJP had appointed Himanta Biswa Sarma as the chief minister in place of Sarbananda Sonowal, who had been chief minister for five years. However, it was considered by the party to be more rewarding to Sarma.

Edited By: Amit Singh