Since the defeat of the BJP in the by-elections in Himachal Pradesh, questions are being raised continuously within the party in the state. The BJP lost the Fatehpur, Arki and Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly bypolls as well as the Mandi Lok Sabha seat in the results on November 2. After this defeat, the blame game continues in Himachal BJP. The party believes that the sympathy wave following the death in July of former CM Virbhadra Singh won by his wife Pratibha Singh over the Mandi defeat. Along with all these factors, the rising inflation rate in the country is also being counted among the main reasons for the defeat. Himachal BJP leaders believe that we have missed the opportunity to snatch some seats from the Congress.
BJP is also troubled by the decrease in vote share
Along with the defeat, the BJP is also troubled by the decrease in vote share. Talking about Fatehpur seat, BJP got 49 percent votes in the 2017 assembly, which has come down to 32 percent. Similarly, the vote share of BJP has also decreased in Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki assembly seats. Talking about Mandi Lok Sabha seat, the vote share of BJP has come down from 69 percent to 48 percent.
The question also arose regarding the distribution of tickets.
According to Himachal BJP leaders, the main reason for the crushing defeat was ‘unilateral decision taken by the high command in distribution of tickets’. Himachal BJP is in the process of reviewing the reasons for the defeat. The party believes that the right candidates were not given tickets in the three assembly seats as the party had decided to avoid dynasty politics.
Trying to avoid charges of dynasticism was heavy?
Himachal BJP President Suresh Kashyap while talking to a website has told that the high command had decided that due to allegations of dynasty politics, tickets would not be allotted to the family members. This is the reason why Chetan Bragata was not given a party ticket. Himachal BJP vice-president Kripal Parmar also stressed on the criteria for selecting candidates, claiming that it has become arbitrary in recent years.