On Sunday, BJP President JP Nadda said the party won’t replace Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur and upcoming state assembly elections will be contested under his leadership. He made the statement when asked about AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) leader Manish Sisodia’s claim that the Union Minister Anurag Thakur is going to replace Jai Ram Thakur as the state Chief Minister.
While answering another question, Nadda said none of the state ministers will be changed. However, he said 10-15% of sitting party MLAs may not get tickets in the elections. He also exuded confidence that the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) will emerge as one of the main political parties in Punjab.
JP Nadda said the BJP used to contest only 23 of 117 assembly seats in Punjab as a junior alliance partner but in the recently held polls there, it contested 68 seats as a senior alliance partner. So, the BJP will emerge as a major ideological alternative in Punjab state in future elections, he added. The Assembly elections for the Himachal Pradesh state are scheduled for later this year.
Earlier the elections always be a bipolar contest between the BJP and the Congress, this time the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) is trying to gain a foothold in the state.