CHAOS REIGNS supreme in the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This time, the list of the party candidates for the coming Vidhan Sabha election is the cause of concern. There is a strong resentment among the party members at the list.
Senior state leaders of the party are now on the defensive on the contentious issue. The so-called list of BJP nominees, ostensibly prepared unanimously in consultation with the grass-root workers and top state leaders for the coming Vidhan Sabha elections, is being disputed by the party leaders and workers even before it could be recommended to the Central Election Committee and ultimately, to the Central Election Committee for approval.
Now, the question being asked within the party is that when the meetings of the state election committee were held and who finalised the list of the party nominees. Allegations of favouritism are being levelled against senior BJP leaders involved in selection of candidates.
The workers and the ticket-seekers are in a state of shock that it was announced in the press by senior State leaders. Although the first list of the nominees was finalized, nobody in the organisation knows when the meeting or meetings were held and who actually finalised the list without any discussion at right forums.
Interestingly, Lalji Tandon had said that a list of 150 candidates had been cleared while the very next day State BJP chief Keshri Nath Tripathi announced in Kanpur that 200 names had been finalised. Former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh was not far behind and announced at his press conference here on Thursday that names of 250 to 300 names had been cleared.
Senior party leader and leader of the opposition in the Vidhan Sabha Lalji Tandon had claimed that the party candidates’ list for 150 Vidhan Sabha constituencies had been finalised and it was for the first time that due importance was given to the recommendation made by party workers of every constituency. He also claimed that recommendations made by the three-member committee set up in every division were also considered, and there was no dispute over the names as everybody was taken into confidence.
However, both Lalji Tandon and Keshri Nath Tripathi ‘denied’ having finalised any list of BJP nominees. Talking to HT, they said that names of some probable candidates for every constituency were discussed and ‘almost’ finalised but no final decision was taken on any seat or candidate.