Monday, June, 24,2024

Modi's 2024 plan: union ministers to incubate 3 districts each

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tasked every Union Cabinet Minister with an additional responsibility to politically incubate two to three districts (parliamentary constituencies) each across India to further improve BJP’s performance in the 2024 general elections.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce Miniser Piyus Goyal, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Narayan Rane and Anurag Thakur have been assigned Maharashtra in the first phase of this rotational political gambit.
While Sitaraman's political brief includes Baramati, the bastion of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Goyal, Thakur and Rane will reach out to Mumbai's constituents creating goodwill over Union Govenrnment schemes and initiatives with an emphasis on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.  
The BJP's south Mumbai unit will hold a preparatory meeting at the Sharada School auditorium in Opera ouse at 4 pm on Monday in anticipation of the Union Ministers arriving into Mumbai over the next few days. The BJP leaders will be briefed on the assistance and cooperation expected of them to make PM Modi's political gambit a success. In the immediate future the Union Ministers are expected to give an impetus to the Ghar Ghar Tiranga campaign in their outreach to the voters across India.

"There will a rotational policy under which the Union Ministers will be assigned different districts in phases. So while Goyal, Rane and Thakur will focus on Mumbai to begin with they will subsequenty be assinged other districts too," a person familiar with the intended political gambit said.
Confirming reports that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been tasked to improve BJP’s performance in Baramati Lok Sabha constituency, Fandavis said, “Yes that is true. Baramati is also among the 16 constituencies BJP will be focus on, and the party has deputed key leaders to take responsibility to improve the performance in these constituencies. BJP has got good votes in Baramati, and we have given a good fight. Nirmalaji has been given the responsibility for Baramati, and around September she will make her first visit to Baramati.
The BJP had come closest to wresting Baramati, the unconquered bastion of the Sharad Pawar family since 1967, during the Modi Wave in May, 2014. Though BJP had not fielded a party candidate against Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule, the sitting MP from Baramati, the Sena-BJP combine had supported Rashtriya Samaj Paksha’s Mahadev Jankar, a leader from the Dhangar (shepherd) community. The community was upset that the then Cong-NCP government had declared 16 per cent reservation for Maratha community and 5 per cent for Muslims, but ignored long standing demand from them.

Modi’s charismatic campaign combined with the Dhankar angst propelled Jankar to poll 4,51,843 votes compared to Sule’s 5,21,562 votes, and reduce her victory margin to her lowest of over 69,000 votes, but Sule maned to retain the seat, and improve her performance in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Political experts felt that if Jankar had contested on a BJP Lotus symbol in 2014, it could have improved his chances of a win.
Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the BJP had set a “Mission 45” for 2024 Lok Sabha elections, and decided to focus on 16 constituencies where the Opposition parties have been winning consistently in the past elections. “Shiv Sena MP Shrikant Shinde’s Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency was also part of these 16 constituencies. Since now Sena-BJP plans to contest the 2024 elections together as Maha Yuti, we will combine our energies to ensure that sitting Lok Sabha MPs from these constituencies will win.”

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