Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief CR Patil, thrice an MP from Navsari, has been handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to oversee the party preparations for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls in key states, including Uttar Pradesh. He was recognised by the PM for playing a vital role in micro-managing PM Modi’s home constituency, Varanasi.
Patil is most likely to be made in-charge of Uttar Pradesh with the nod of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, indicated party sources. The Gujarat BJP incharge has an impressive track record in Gujarat, where he is credited with securing a historic 156 out of 182 Assembly seats and increasing the BJP’s vote share from 49 to 53 per cent.
PM Modi had himself praised Patil and urged the BJP leaders and MPs to adopt the “Patil Model” for devising the electoral strategy in other states. Following Modi’s discussions with Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda and national general secretary (organisation) B L Santosh, a decision was taken to assign the task to Patil not only for UP but in several important states like Madhya Pradesh, Hayana, Rajasthan, Telangana and Odisha. Patil may also become part of the top-level committee and given a ministerial post at the Centre for movements to handle the party’s campaign.