Modi changes five CMs in six months

Sun Sep 12 2021 13:15:30 GMT+0530 (IST)

In what is being seen as the absolute authority that the Prime Minister enjoys over the party and its leaders, he has changed five chief ministers in six months and has rehabilitated only one Chief Minister of the five that he had sent packing.

Several BJP CMs are said to be spending sleepless nights not knowing when Modi will strike. Modi is said to be taking non-performance, ineffective leadership, anti-incumbency, dissidence and winnability into account while taking action against the Chief Minister.  He is particularly unrelenting on the states that are going to polls.

The first CM to be shown the door is Trivendra Singh Rawat. An RSS Pracharak, Rawat failed to protect the party interests. He was succeeded by Lok Sabha member Tirath Singh Rawat. But, he was sent out within four months.  The present CM is Pushkar Singh Dhami. The BJP will go to polls in Uttarakhand under the leadership of Dhami.

The next CM to go was Sarbananda Sonowal of Assam. He was a successful CM and the party went to polls under his leadership. But, the party had decided to make Himantha Biswa Sarma as the CM and sent Sarbananda to Central politics. The next CM to go was Karnataka's Yediyurappa. He was replaced by Baswaraj Patil.  The latest to go is Vijay Rupani, the CM of Modi's home state of Gujarat, was sent packing on Saturday. There are speculations that some more CMs could also be changed in view of the fact that eight states are going to polls next year.