CM-speakers ministers have all changed in Gujarat… How successful will BJP’s ‘no repeat formula’ be?

After changing the Chief Minister of Gujarat BJP, now the face of the entire government has also changed. When Bhupendra Patel, who became MLA for the first time after removing Vijay Rupani, was given the command of power, then adopting the ‘no repeat’ formula, BJP has given place to all the new faces in the cabinet instead of the old ministers. Not only this, the Speaker of the Assembly has also changed. For the first time in Indian politics, BJP has done this experiment in Gujarat. In such a situation, it is to be seen that what is the political benefit to the BJP by promoting new faces in the assembly elections to be held in Gujarat in October-November next year.

A total of 24 leaders have been sworn in as ministers in the Bhupendra Patel government’s cabinet, in which 10 cabinet and 14 ministers of state have been made. Rajendra Trivedi, Jitu Vaghani, Raghav Patel, Purnesh Modi, Naresh Bhai Patel, Pradeep Singh Parmar, Arjun Singh Chavan, Hrishikesh Patel, Kanubhai Desai and Kirit Singh Rana took oath as cabinet ministers.

At the same time, Harsh Sanghvi, Brijesh Merja, Manisha Vakil, Jagdish Bhai Panchal, Jitu Bhai Chaudhary, Nimisha Sutar, Mukesh Patel, Arvind Rayani, Kuber Dindor, Kirti Singh Vaghela, Gajendra Singh Parmar, Deva Bhai Malam, Raghavji Makwana as ministers of state. Vinod Bhai Moradia took oath.

Assembly Speaker also changed

In Gujarat, not only the Chief Minister and Minister but also the Speaker of the Assembly has been changed. Rajendra Trivedi, who took over as the Speaker of the Assembly in 2017, resigned on Thursday and became a cabinet minister in the Bhupendra Patel government. In place of Rajendra Trivedi, BJP has made Nima Acharya the speaker. Acharya has also taken oath as the Speaker of the Assembly.

Gujarat is the political laboratory of BJP

Gujarat is known for the political laboratory of BJP. In the state, the party has been doing many successful experiments from time to time away from traditional politics and it has been getting political benefits. BJP had adopted ‘no repeat’ in the municipal elections of Gujarat and fielded new faces by replacing the old faces, which benefited the party. The Congress, which gave a tough competition to the BJP in the 2017 assembly elections, was wiped out.

Formula successful in Gujarat-Delhi civic elections

In the 2017 election of Delhi Municipal Corporation, BJP had fielded new faces by cutting tickets to all the councilors. BJP had neutralized the influence of the Aam Aadmi Party in the MCD elections along with eliminating the anti-incumbency wave through this formula. The BJP has made a bet to try this formula in the 2022 elections and has changed all the faces involved in the Rupani government.

The BJP high command has now made a bet to end the anti-incumbency wave by replacing the entire government along with CM Vijay Rupani in Gujarat. The entire team of 22 ministers of former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has been dropped and a cabinet of 24 ministers has been formed in his place. Former Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel has also not been included in the Bhupendra Patel government.

After 15 months in Gujarat, there are assembly elections in Gujarat. In such a situation, BJP does not want to take any risk under any circumstances. That is why it is part of the strategy to present a new image of the government by removing old ministers and including new faces in the cabinet. By giving place to young faces in the cabinet, there is a stake to fill new energy in the party.

Reconcile ethnic and regional equations

The BJP has made a gamble of creating caste and regional equations through the cabinet. Apart from this, three leaders who left Congress and joined BJP have been given place in the cabinet, including Raghav Patel, Kriti Singh Jhala and Brijesh Merja. To give a message to the Patidar community, the BJP has given the maximum number of seats in the cabinet from the Patel community along with the CM. Six from Patel community, four OBCs, two Brahmins, three Kshatriyas, four Adivasis, three Dalits and one Jain minister were included.

Political analyst Sudhir Rawal said that the BJP has changed the face of the entire government in view of the 2022 elections. Through the cabinet, BJP has tried to create caste and regional balance. Special attention has been given to the Patidars and the tribal community has also been given special importance. There were two tribal ministers in the Rupani government while there are four tribals in the Bhupendra Patel government. In this way BJP has tried to strike a better balance of Gujarat, but the old face has been removed. It is a big challenge for the BJP to keep him alive, because the swearing-in program was postponed for a day due to the displeasure of senior leaders.

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