PTI, RAIPUR: The BJPs strategy to replace all its 10 sitting Lok Sabha MPs in Chhattisgarh to counter local anti-incumbency has paid rich dividends for the party with eight of the new candidates romping home. In all, the saffron outfit has won nine of the 11 Lok Sabha seats in the state, while the Congress managed to bag just two. The BJP snatched one seat (Durg) from the Congress,but lost two seats to the ruling party. According to BJP sources, after facing a severe drubbing at the hands of the Congress in the 2018 assembly elections, the party was apparently in a dilemma overselection of candidates for the general election.
The BJP central leadership's decision to drop all the 10 sitting MPs had sent shockwaves among state leaders. Initially, several sitting MPs approached the partys central leadership with a request to field them again, they said. But later they unanimously decided to respect the decision of the central leadership and resolved to work for victory of candidates selected by the party, the sources said.
"It was a crucial decision taken on the basis of winnability factor which has now yielded results in favour of the party. "There was no dissent among the sitting MPs who were denied ticket and all of them worked together for selected candidates in their respective areas, state BJP chief Vikram Usendi told PTI.