Amid the buzz around the names of Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has registered an empathetic victory, the BJP’S parliamentary board on Friday, December 8, appointed observers for electing the leader of the MLA groups (Chief Minister) in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh.
BJP Observers for Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan decided.
Rajasthan – Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Vinod Tawade and Saroj Pandey
Madhya Pradesh – Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, K Laxman, Asha Lakra
Chhattisgarh – Union Ministers Arjun Munda and Sarbananda Sonowal… pic.twitter.com/lTlrzvNSR6
— ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2023
According to the reports, the party’s apex body has appointed the Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, Rajya Sabha MP, Saroj Pandey and national general secretary of the party, Binod Tawde, as the central observers for Rajasthan. The trio will help, choose the leader of the MLA group in Rajasthan where many names for the post of CM are floating around.
Further, the parliamentary board has appointed Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana, Dr K Lakshman, National President of Other Backward Castes (OBC) Morcha and Asha Lakda, national secretary of the party as central observers for Madhya Pradesh.
The board has also appointed the union tribal minister, Arjun Munda, Ports, shipping, and Ayush minister, Sarvanand Sonowal, and the national general secretary of the party, Dushyant Kumar, as the central observers for the tribal-dominated state of Chhattisgarh.
The appointment of the observers has come at a time when the buzz around the names of the BJP potential CM candidates in political circles is at an all-time high.
The BJP swept the Hindi heartland on the counting day for four states that polled for their assemblies last month.
With its stunning mandates in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, the BJP stumped not just their rivals but also some pollsters who had predicted tight races in these states.
The election results in four states, especially the losses in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, came as a huge blow to the Congress’s hopes for 2024 as it is now out of power across a vast swathe of the Hindi heartland.
The BJP, which had been battling close to 20 years of incumbency in Madhya Pradesh, won a resounding mandate bagging 163 seats while the Congress finished a distant second at 66 seats.
In Rajasthan, the vote count painted a starkly different picture to what some of the pollsters had predicted, with the BJP poised to form the government, winning 115 seats, and the Congress trailing at 69 seats. Of the 90 assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh, the BJP bagged 54 while the Congress won 35.