In its bid to win all the 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP is likely to deny renomination to some of its sitting MPs, whose performance in the last five years was found to be unsatisfactory.
A senior party member said in view of ‘Mission 29, the party will not hesitate to deny tickets to the sitting MPs, who have not performed well. Currently, the party has 13 MPs from the state.
“We are not going to follow the old principle of continuing with all the winning candidates. Only those MPs who have worked in the last five years will be renominated. Last week, some new names were discussed at a meeting attended by senior leaders,” he said.
Sources said at least five sitting MPs are going to be dropped from the party’s list of candidates from the state. Those likely to face the axe are Govind Prasad Mishra (Sidhi), Rakesh Singh (Jabalpur), Jyoti Dhurve (Betul), Jeetendra Singh Bundela (Khajuraho) and Virendra Kumar (Tikamgarh).
Mishra has been accused of neglecting the party workers and promoting his loyalists.
Shardendu Tiwari, who contested last year’s MP Assembly polls on a BJP ticket from Churhat and lost, had filed a written complaint against Mishra accusing him of working with the Opposition Congress to ensure his defeat.
Similarly, the party had got a negative feedback about Singh, a two-time MP from Jabalpur. He has been accused of failing to establish contacts and communicate with the voters in his constituency.
“The voters of the city are not happy with him as he has failed to do any major work in his constituency. On top of that, he has become inaccessible,” a party secretary said.
Bundela too has not been able to generate a positive feedback from his constituency and is likely to be axed.
“The CM (Shivraj Singh Chouhan) during his Jan Ashirvad programme, which was held in the run-up to the elections, was apprised of the negative sentiments against Bundela by the party workers. He is unlikely to be repeated this time,” the senior party leader added.
In the wake of Chouhan’s convincing win in the Assembly elections, the BJP national leadership has given him a free hand to decide the candidates for the general elections.