Shimla: On Sunday, BJP president JP Nadda said the party would not replace Himachal Pradesh chief minister Joy Ram Tagore and the upcoming state assembly elections would be contested under his leadership. Asked about the demands of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia, Nadda said that Union Minister Anurag Tagore would replace Joy Ram Tagore as the Chief Minister of the state.
Joy Ram Tagore is working and he will continue to do so in the future, Nadda told reporters. He will not be replaced and the BJP will contest the Assembly elections under his leadership, he added.
In response to another question, Nadda said that none of the state ministers would be replaced. He, however, said that 10 to 15 per cent of the current BJP MLAs may not get tickets in the elections. Ten to 15 per cent BJP MLAs did not get tickets in the UP Assembly elections and it is likely to happen here too, he added. Nadda also expressed confidence that the BJP would emerge as one of the major political parties in Punjab.
He said the BJP was contesting only 23 of the 117 assembly seats in Punjab as a junior alliance partner but in the recent elections, it contested 68 seats as a senior alliance partner. Thus, the BJP will emerge as a major ideological alternative in Punjab in the next elections, he added. Assembly elections are scheduled for the end of this year in Himachal Pradesh.
Although earlier elections have always been a bipartisan rivalry between the Congress and the BJP, this time the Aam Aadmi Party is trying to gain a foothold in the state. The AAP came to power in Punjab in the just-concluded assembly elections.
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