10 Jan 2024

Lok Sabha Elections-2024: This is how BJP plans to snatch coveted Chhindwara seat in Madhya Pradesh from Congress

Bhopal: As the Lok Sabha Election-2024 preparations intensify, the BJP's central leadership has turned its focus on seats it deems challenging or has consistently lost in previous elections. Among these is the coveted Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh, a constituency the BJP has aspired to clinch for years.

Former Chief Minister Kamal Nath has been a longstanding victor on this seat. However, in the last Lok Sabha elections, he fielded his son Nakul Nath, who managed to secure the seat for the Congress despite the strong wave in favor of Narendra Modi. Although the Congress faced defeat in 28 out of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh, it managed to retain the Chhindwara seat.

In a bid to capture the Chhindwara seat, the BJP has devised a comprehensive strategy. The leadership has entrusted the responsibility of securing the seat to Giriraj Singh, a prominent Hindu leader from Bihar and current Member of Parliament from Begusarah, Bihar. 

Singh, who also serves as a minister at the Centre, had actively campaigned in Chhindwara during the assembly elections. Despite the BJP's failure to secure any assembly seats, the party has reposed its confidence in Giriraj Singh for the Lok Sabha elections.

BJP May Expands Candidate Presence in Upcoming LS Elections

This upcoming Lok Sabha election presents an opportunity for the BJP to contest on more seats compared to the last election, given the reduction in the number of its allies. In the 2019 elections, the BJP had alliances with Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab, JDU in Bihar, Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, and Hanuman Bainiwal's RLP in Rajasthan. However, the party's alliances with these parties have since dissolved.

In the previous election, BJP contested on three out of 13 seats in Punjab, 25 out of 48 seats in Maharashtra, and 17 out of 40 seats in Bihar. Additionally, AIADMK allocated five seats to BJP in Tamil Nadu. 

With these alliances dissolved, the BJP is set to contest on more seats in these states. The party plans to announce the names of its candidates in the last week of January and early February, before the implementation of the code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections.

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