The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has named election in-charges for four states that are preparing to go to polls later this year for assembly. The party on Monday appointed Union ministers Bhupendra Yadav and Ashwani Vaishnaw for Maharashtra as in-charge and co-in-charge, respectively, and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan along with Tripura lawmaker Biplab Deb as in-charge and co-in charge for Haryana respectively.

In both states, BJP fared poorly in the recent Lok Sabha elections but has held the state governments in the past. According to the election held in Maharashtra in which the NDA comprises of BJP, NCP(Ajit Pawar faction), and Shiv Sena (UBT), the alliance hasbagged 48/48. At the same time, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) opposing alliance emerged victorious in 30 seats. It was carved out of the BSP, with which it had remained engaged in an enduring struggle to define the great Indian tragedy and to articulate what could be gained from 13 seats. At the same time, the BJP, which earlier had faith in 23, could only secure nine seats with 43.55% against the meager 43.71%.

In the 2019 election, the BJP secured 105 seats out of 288 seats in Maharashtra and captured the government in alliance with Shiv Sena. But the Mahadev move to encash the shares sparked a power-sharing tussle, and Shiv Sena had to quit and join the MVA. In June 2022, after the split of the Shiv Sena, the Eknath Shinde faction joined the NDA coalition, and Eknath Shinde took oath as chief minister. The current term of the Maharashtra assembly stands dissolved on November twenty-sixth.

Yadav and Vaishnaw were spoken highly of for having delivered while the party was putting the state in-charges as in the recent assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh last year when there was anti-incumbency in the state. Yadav, who has been a Lok Sabha member for the first time, got elected from Rajasthan’s Alwar constituencies and is currently in the post of minister of environment, forests, and climate change; he was responsible for elections in Odisha, where BJP defeated the grounded BJD after its five terms tenure.

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