Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confronted with the crucial task of selecting potential chief ministerial candidates in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh to lead new cabinets for the upcoming five years.
In Rajasthan, BJP faces a challenging decision among Vasundhara Raje, Diya Kumari, and Baba Balaknath, or it might introduce an unexpected candidate while in Chhattisgarh, veteran leader Raman Singh is considered a strong contender for the chief ministerial role.
In Chhattisgarh, state BJP president Arun Kumar Sao, leader of opposition Dharamlal Kaushik and former IAS officer O P Chaudhary are also being seen as contenders for the chief minister post.
Four-time Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is likely to make a return for his fifth term. In Madhya Pradesh, Union ministers Prahlad Patel, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Narendra Singh Tomar, and senior state leader Kailash Vijayvargiya are also contenders.
Meanwhile, some reports indicate the the saffron party may choose new faces for chief minister posts in the heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
The party’s central leadership has been holding discussions on the chief minister probables in the three states.
According to NDTV, a four-and-a-half hour meeting was held at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence yesterday, during which the frontrunners in the three states were considered. The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda.
The BJP won the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, results of which were declared on Sunday.