Raipur, Aug 31:
After recent changes in the top leadership, the principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started search of new faces to boost their prospects in the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly polls scheduled to be held next year.
While the Regional General Secretary in-charge of party affairs in Chhattisgarh Ajay Jamwal has worked out on the strategy to pick 75 new faces in the 90-member Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly polls, the sitting as well as former Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) are getting uncomfortable with the thought. Out of the sitting 14 MLAs, the three including Punnulal Mohile, Nankiram Kanwar and Vidyaratan Bhasin are among those who are above 70 years of age. With the trend the BJP adopts in the process of ticket distribution, it is highly unlikely that these three sitting MLAs may get another opportunity. Similarly half a dozen other MLAs are also in embarrassing situation on the issue as several of them too could not get another opportunity to contest the polls. Meanwhile, several of the former MLAs who had already started their election preparations for last few months, are reportedly taken aback with the speculated move of party think tank to prefer new faces in the next Legislative Assembly polls. While talking to this Correspondent, one of the former MLA and Minister, adopted silence when the opinion on the thought of 75 new faces was asked recently at party office. Similarly, several other former MLAs who are aspiring for another opportunity are not so enthusiastic with the approach of the party leadership to field new faces on prevailing political and social scenario in the next polls.
Political pundits too feel that the saffron brigade would go with drastic changes while contesting the next Legislative Assembly polls, particularly, after success tasted in last Parliamentary polls.
It is notable that the BJP had lost the last Assembly polls reportedly due to public ire against the same old faces.