Smriti, Anurag, Vinod or Om… who will be the next president of BJP, restoring credibility in UP is a big challenge

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: After the Narendra Modi government took oath for the third time, the discussion about the new president of the BJP has started. Speculation has intensified about who will become the president. After the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Jagat Prakash Nadda became the national president of the BJP in January 2020. Nadda's term as BJP president was ending in January 2023. However, in view of the Lok Sabha elections, his term was extended till June 2024. After the elections, Nadda has been given a place in the cabinet of the Narendra Modi government. It is believed that under the BJP's one person one post policy, the party will soon decide its new president. After the recent statements of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, it is believed that now the Sangh will have the final decision in the election of the president.

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Discussion on the names of Vinod, Anurag, Om and Smriti

After Nadda, the names of former Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav and former Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar were also in discussion for the post of president. But, after the inclusion of these three in the cabinet, their discussions have now come to an end. Now in the race for the post of BJP President, apart from party general secretary Vinod Tawde, BL Santosh, Anurag Thakur, K Laxman, Om Mathur, Sunil Bansal, the name of Smriti Irani is also leading.

After Mohan Bhagwat's statement, the discussion on the role of the Sangh in the election of the BJP president has intensified

This time the Sangh will also have its say in the election of the BJP president

According to Delhi University professor Rajiv Ranjan Giri, even though BJP is a political party, the final decision in the organization always rests with the Sangh. Because most of the people who run it are associated with the Sangh. Mohan Bhagwat had recently given a statement that a true servant follows the code of conduct. Only that person is entitled to be called a true servant who does not have the feeling of 'I did it' and does not have arrogance. It is believed that this statement of Bhagwat regarding the party leadership is very important. In such a situation, the role of the Sangh is considered very important in the election of the party president in the coming times. BJP is considered to be the political organization of the RSS, so the Sangh will not want the party's performance to be poor in the upcoming assembly elections.

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Vinod Tawde is an influential general secretary associated with the Sangh

Tawde, who has been a minister in the Maharashtra government, is considered the most influential general secretary after BL Santosh. He has two decades of organizational experience. He has been associated with the Sangh since childhood. Tawde, who started his political career with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, can also be considered because assembly elections are to be held in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand this year.

Laxman's name is at the forefront among OBC contenders

After Nadda, the name of BJP OBC Morcha chief K Laxman is also in the news in the race for BJP president. Laxman, who comes from Telangana, is considered to be very hardworking and combative. After Andhra Pradesh, among the southern states, BJP is paying the most attention to Telangana.

BJP's flag was hoisted in Odisha under the leadership of Bansal

Sunil Bansal's name is also included in the race for BJP president, who is currently the general secretary. Amit Shah's favourite Bansal is also in charge of three states like West Bengal, Telangana and Odisha. Under his leadership, BJP performed brilliantly in Odisha and defeated the Naveen Patnaik government.

BL Santosh the behind-the-scenes strategist

BJP's National General Secretary (Organization) BL Santosh has also been a big propagator of RSS. BL Santosh got this post in BJP when Ramlal, who was in this post for 13 years, was removed. BL Santosh is considered an expert in making strategies behind the scenes.

Om Mathur is in charge of Gujarat, PM Modi's favorite

Om Mathur, Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan and disciple of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, is also in the race to become the national president of BJP. PM Modi's favourite Mathur is known for always saying his point with a smile on his face. Om Mathur has been an active propagator of RSS and has also been in charge of PM Modi's home state Gujarat.

Anurag Thakur's experience as youth wing president

The name of Anurag Thakur, MP from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, is also in discussion for the post of BJP President. Anurag Thakur, who has been a five-time MP from Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat, has not been given a place in the Modi cabinet this time. This has also intensified the discussion of making him the national president of the party. Anurag Thakur has worked as the president of Yuva BJP. He has also been the joint secretary of BCCI.

Smriti Irani's name is also in the race, first woman president possible

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been advocating for women voters in many of his rallies. He has also acknowledged the role of women in his three consecutive victories. At the same time, the BJP is also going to plan a comprehensive contact campaign to increase the number of women members in the organization. Anyway, if the Women's Reservation Law is implemented, then 33 percent seats will be reserved for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. This time Smriti Irani's name is also being discussed for the post of president. Smriti, a former MP from Amethi, has not got a place in the cabinet this time, so her name is also at the forefront for the BJP president. If this happens, she can become the first woman president of the BJP.

Organizational elections will be held in the states before the post of president

Before electing its new president, BJP will run a new membership drive and then conduct organisational elections in the states. In fact, according to the set rules, it is necessary to conduct party organisational elections in at least 50 percent of the states before electing the president. In such a situation, either Nadda's term will be extended or any leader can be made the acting president for the time being. BJP has recently amended its constitution and given the party's top unit Parliamentary Board the right to take important decisions including extending the term of the president in an emergency situation.

This is how the president is elected in BJP, this is the process

According to the BJP constitution, the national president is elected by the party's electoral college. The electoral college consists of members of the national and state councils. Any 20 members of a state's electoral college can propose the name of a person who has been an active member for at least 4 terms. Also, their membership must be at least 15 years. Any joint proposal must come from at least 5 states where national council elections have been completed.

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It is a big challenge to make a strong comeback in UP in 2027

In the general elections, BJP has missed the majority due to average performance in many states including UP, Rajasthan, Bihar, Haryana, West Bengal. The new president of the party will have to strengthen the organization in such states. Apart from this, assembly elections are to be held in Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Haryana this year. Elections are also to be held in Delhi early next year. At the same time, assembly elections are to be held in UP in 2027.

Ignoring RSS advice proved costly in UP

Rajiv Giri says that RSS has always played a role behind the party's booth level management. But, due to the distance from RSS, the party has failed in many places in bringing its supporting voters to the booth in this general election. Especially in Uttar Pradesh, where BJP could get only 33 seats in this Lok Sabha election. It is believed that BJP ignored the advice of RSS in the selection of candidates, due to which it has suffered this setback.

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