BJP is looking to regain SC and ST base votes in Madhya Pradesh which Cost Party losing MP. In March 2020, BJP regained power in Madhya Pradesh after Congress MLA defected their support to Kamalnath govt. However, loss of 3 states in 2018 got BJP into deep thinking. The State unit identified key issues including shrinking support base among tribal and Dalit in state. The Party aims to bring them back in favour of the party.
According to State leaders, it was felt that declining support base among Scheduled Tribes and Castes should be attributed to poor representation of these communities in Society, Not providing Jobs and Schemes and also, rising atrocities against them due to division of Castes. Out of the 82 reserved seats in MP, it won 34 – 18 SC and 16 ST seats. Numbers were down from 59 reserved seats it won in 2013 elections – 31 ST and 28 SC seats.
According to party leaders, the party is expected to launch “Jan Jatiya Abhiyaan” or tribal campaign to revive popularity of party among the SC’s and ST’s. BJP Leader and union Home Minister Amit Shah is poised to visit on Madhya Pradesh September 18th, during the event he is rumoured to launch the campaign.
The blueprint of BJP for the state is enhancing representation of multiple communities at a significant pace. Creating a new stand in party cadre for giving more space to Tribals and Dalits and Propagate messages of schemes by Modi Led central leadership to masses effectively. The Next assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh are due in 2023.