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BJP’s outreach suffers setback as party scores ‘zero’ in tribal seats 

The party kept highlighting that she is the first tribal president of the country after Droupadi Murmu was announced as the presidential candidate. The outreach worked in Gujarat in 2022 when the party won 23 of the 27 ST reserved seats.

The results of Karnataka have come as a setback for BJP’s tribal outreach program on Saturday. The BJP had won six of the 15 ST reserved seats in Karnataka in 2018 but this time the party lost all those seats to the Congress.

The next phase of the assembly elections is in the key heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh where tribal voters play a crucial role. Congress is the main opponent of the BJP in all three states same as Karnataka, and is dominated among the tribal voters in 2018. The three states account for 101 ST reserved assembly seats out of which Congress won 71 seats while the BJP won 26 and the rest was won by others.

Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of 47 ST reserved seats and in 2018 among the three states, Congress won 31 while the BJP won 16 seats.

Congress won 27 while BJP could get only two in 2018 out of 29 ST reserved seats in Chhattisgarh.

In Rajasthan, out of 25 ST reserved seats, Congress won 13 while the BJP won eight seats.

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Tribal votes of the BJP

Bhartiya Janta Party has put its focus on reaching out to the tribal population to get the maximum tribal votes in the upcoming assembly and 2024 Lok Sabha elections over the past years.

The party kept highlighting that she is the first tribal president of the country after Droupadi Murmu was announced as the presidential candidate. The outreach worked in Gujarat in 2022 when the party won 23 of the 27 ST reserved seats.

Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, and JP Nadda, the national president of Bhartiya Janta Party addressed the tribal community rallies in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Bnswara, and Sawai Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

Nand Kumar Sai, the veteran leader of the party joined the Congress this month earlier in Chattisgarh. Last year, the party replaced a tribal, Vishnu Deo Sai, and made Arun Sao the state president in Chattisgarh in August. 

The Bhartiya Janta Party has been working in tribal-dominated regions since last year. The party is more likely to put in more effort and reorient its tribal outreach strategy after the Karnataka elections.

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