New Delhi: By making a change of leadership in Gujarat, after changes in some other states, Modi-Shah duo has given a clear indication that perform or perish is the new BJP mantra.
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani had not handled the second Covid wave well and was pulled up by the High Court too for the same.
Some party members and ministers had also complained against him and expressed unhappiness over his style of functioning.
He was asked to resign yesterday although he has claimed that he has decided to leave on his own and that he has offered to work in any capacity for the party decided by the party leadership.
Assembly elections are to be held in about a year in that state and the party hoped to do better with a new chief minister.
The party’s popularity graph had fallen and something new had to be done. In the previous poll the BJP could get only 99 members elected to the Assembly which was more than 15 short of poll in 2012.
Caste factor also weighed against him. Patels play a decisive role in the coastal state and , therefore, the party nodded in favour of Bhupendra Patel.
Before Gujarat, there was change of guards in Uttarakhand and Karnataka. Pushkar Singh Dhami is a dynamic young leader who has succeeded T S Rawat in Uttarakhand.
Similarly, Karnataka has got a new chief minister , B S Bommai who has replaced B S Yediyurappa. Incidentally, B S Bommai is son of S R Bommai who has created a history by challenging the proclamation of President’ rule and winning the case leading to a major change– making floor test the only option to judge