By appointing the in-charge for Punjab elections, BJP has increased the stature of Union Minister Shekhawat in the organization as well. He has been one of the experienced and senior strategists of the party and has lived up to the party’s expectations many times.
The BJP has geared up for the Punjab Assembly elections to be held early next year. The party has entrusted the command of the election to Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Now the responsibility of feeding the lotus in Punjab will be on his shoulders. Toppling the Congress government in the state will be no less than a challenge for Shekhawat.
Union Minister Shekhawat was entrusted with the task of campaigning in 35 assembly seats of six Lok Sabha constituencies in the West Bengal assembly elections by the BJP. During this too, Shekhawat campaigned for the party day and night and the party also won about 8 seats. Shekhawat is also the first Jal Shakti Minister of the country. The responsibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Jal Jeevan Mission scheme and Swachh Bharat Mission is also on his shoulders.
Now by appointing in charge of Punjab elections, BJP has increased the stature of Union Minister Shekhawat in the organization as well. He has been one of the experienced and senior strategists of the party and has lived up to the party’s expectations many times. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Shekhawat’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot has defeated by 2 Lakh 74 Thousand 440 votes.
Farmer’s movement became a challenge
After breaking ties with the Akali Dal in Punjab on the issue of new agricultural laws, the BJP is going to enter the political arena of the state alone for the first time. Therefore, in view of the assembly elections, the party has also started making new strategies.
According to sources, BJP has selected such assembly seats in the state where the Hindu and Dalit population is more than 60 percent and playing a decisive role. 45 such seats in the state where the population of Hindus is more than 60 percent and 28 such seats where the number of Hindus and Dalits is more than 60 percent. All these seats where the farmers’ movement has not had any significant impact. Whereas the people here are angry with the farmers due to the conditions arising due to the farmer’s movement.
Political experts of Punjab say that the biggest problem for the BJP in these elections is that due to the farmers’ agitation, it is not able to reach out to the voters of the villages. The party has so far fielded its candidates in the alliance only on urban seats, while the Akali Dal on village seats. BJP’s support base was already low in rural areas, now the protest has intensified due to the farmers’ movement. In such a situation, it will be no less than a challenge for the party to get into the election field of rural areas and win.
It is noteworthy that last year Shiromani Akali Dal broke its 24-year-old alliance with the BJP on the issue of new agricultural laws. Shiromani Akali Dal is the second old party after Shiv Sena to break ties with BJP. Both of these were parties that have been with the BJP for the longest time.