New Delhi : The Bhartiya Janata Party is contemplating to change the state party leadership in the BJP-ruled Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh going for the Assembly polls in November, December, taking seriously the party losing three by-elections in Rajasthan to the Congress. This was a serious reverse for the BJP that had won all three seats, two Lok Sabha seats and an Assembly seat, a party leader here said.

He said the party will wait for another by-election test it is having in Madhya Pradesh while the polling is due for Mungaoli and Kolaras Assembly seats on February 24 (counting on February 28) before effecting changes of the state presidents and revamping the state units in the two states, possibly in the first week of March.

Asked about the anti-incumbency prevailing in the two states, the source said this may be more in Rajasthan than in Madhya Pradesh and need to be effectively countered by the state organisation. He said some changes may be effected in the organisation also in Chhattisgarh that goes to polls along with the two states and where the anti-incumbency factors are visible.

In fact, the source said the organisational reshuffle may also be carried out in some of the district units in all three states as the district units will have important bearing in the ticke distribution in the coming Assembly polls. A section of MLAs in Rajasthan had reportedly expressed reservation over the candidates selected for the by-elections.

Alike Rajasthan by-elections where the BJP lost the Lok Sabha seats o Ajmer and Alwar and the Mandalgarh assembly seat to the Congress with huge margins, Madhya Pradesh by-elections in Mungaoli and Kolaras are also expected to be touch and challenging since Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has a strong hold on the area.

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