BJP Karnataka state election impact
The BJP’s defeat in the Karnataka state election may have an impact on its strategy to win Rajasthan from the Congress in the upcoming state elections. The party may need to bring back former chief minister Vasundhara Raje to help the party win back Rajasthan with a big majority.
Elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan
However, the BJP will need to break the perception that it is out to destabilize the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress in the state. Currently, the Congress is leading in the state election result in Rajasthan. The coming elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan will be an important political contest for the Congress and the larger Opposition to hold off the BJP.
The BJP should take note of the crushing setback in Karnataka as a warning that its frequently adopted approach of blatant generational transition in the state leadership by marginalizing seniors with a large support base may be vulnerable to electoral failure.
Therefore, the BJP may have to think about swiftly elevating former chief minister Vasundhara Raje to the forefront of party affairs in the state if it wants to win back Rajasthan with a large majority, which will help it win a significant number of Rajya Sabha seats and lend psychological advantage in the Lok Sabha elections.
In the lead-up to the assembly elections, Raje is now hosting her own private public events. There isn’t a woman mass leader of Raje’s status in the Rajasthani BJP. Both the Lok Sabha and the assembly elections provided evidence of her power. According to BJP sources, if Rajasthan’s assembly elections were held right now, the BJP would reportedly struggle to win a simple majority.
While pursuing the goal of a “Congress-mukt Bharat,” certain BJP officials in Rajasthan, especially those with an RSS background, claim that “we are developing into a Congress-yukt BJP.” They wonder how it is acceptable to grant tickets, and even cabinet berths, to defections from established Congress families in order to win seats while denying election tickets to the traditional political families in the BJP at the cost of losing seats.
Observers assert that the BJP’s support is also nearly exhausted in Rajasthan, where it won 163 of the state assembly’s 200 seats upon taking office in 2013. As a result, the party has little chance of completely destroying the Congress by increasing its electoral base.
While the Congress is confident about its chances in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, it remains to be seen how the election results will turn out in Rajasthan.