New Delhi, December 22, 2017 The Bharatiya Janata Party is a unique party. It takes much less time in electing chief minister in the state in which it wins election with much difficulty, but find it really difficult to elect a CM where it wins with thumping majority.
This happened in the case of Uttar Pradesh earlier this year. Though the party swept the election it took more than a week to get a new chief minister in the form of Yogi Adityanath. His name appeared after it was almost certain that the Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha is likely to take oath. On the other hand, the BJP elected CMs in Goa and Manipur within a day of result though the party did not get majority in these two states.
Now similar is the case with Himachal Pradesh where the party could not find a CM even four days after the results were announced. The party won 44 out of 68 seats.
The two central observers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar had to face a tough time in Shimla where they went to meet the newly elected legislators.
The supporters of Prem Kumar Dhumal raised slogans in his favour. But the problem with the BJP is that though he had been announced as the CM candidate before the poll he had lost the election from his own constituency.
The two Union ministers returned to New Delhi and now the announcement is likely to be made from the national capital.
In contrast Vijay Rupani was re-elected as the chief minister of Gujarat on Friday without any hiccup. Nitin Patel was once again elected as the deputy chief minister. Everything went on quite smoothly in front of Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was the central observer.
Rupani, a Jain Bania, enjoys the blessing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah.
According to analysts though the party just managed to win the election the BJP leadership deemed it fit not to replace him at this point of time as it would send a wrong message.