New Delhi: Alarmed by the stunning defeat in the 2018 assembly election in Chhattisgarh, the Bharatiya Janata Party, on Tuesday, has announced that it has decided to replace all its 10 existing members of Parliament in the state with fresh candidates for the Lok Sabha election.
Just weeks ahead of general election, the BJP’s central election committee, which comprises Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other top leaders of the party, held a meeting in New Delhi to work on possible candidates for the election.
The BJP general secretary and in charge of party affairs in Chhattisgarh, Anil Jain, while announcing the development, said, “We have decided to fight the elections with new candidates and new zeal.”
BJP insiders have also revealed that the party has also decided not to choose any family member of the sitting MPs as a party candidate for the general election.
The BJP has suffered defeats in last year’s assembly elections in three states, including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The BJP was in power for consecutive 15 years in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. In Chhattisgarh, the defeat was particularly big with the Congress winning 68 seats leaving only 15 seats for the BJP.