THE MORE than a month-long Herculean effort of senior BJP leaders to select party candidates for the coming Vidhan Sabha election has proved to be an exercise in futility.
The party has now decided to ‘reconsider and review’ the list of candidates selected earlier for almost all the 403 assembly segments in the wake of new political equations, civic poll results and the party’s decision to give first priority to ‘winnable’ candidate.
Confirming this to the Hindustan Times here on Thursday, BJP Legislature Party leader Lalji Tandon, however, clarified that it was not necessary to redo the entire list prepared earlier.
Justifying the ‘reconsideration’ move, Tandon said the civic poll results in favour of the BJP and ‘changed political equations’ had forced the party to give a second thought on the selection process.
He informed the process for ‘reconsideration’ of the selected candidate would start in consultation with all senior party leaders after the proposed national working committee and national council meets to be held here from December 20 to December 24.
State BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi, however, said candidates for over 200 Assembly constituencies had already been finalized but a need to ‘review and reconsider’ the list was felt in the wake of the civic poll results.
“A second thought on the selected candidates before formal announcement is necessary and advisable,” Tripathi added and denied that there was any resentment at any level in the party following the decision to review and reconsider the list.
The decision to ‘reconsider’ the list is causing resentment among party workers, who were assured that due importance would be given to their views and recommendations in the selection of the candidates.
Those whose names were finalized as party candidates in the last selection are also in a fix as they need to pull strings once again and mobilize support so that their names were not dropped during the proposed ‘reconsideration’.
In fact, there has never been unanimity among party leaders over the selection candidates. Each of them tried to push ahead their own candidates ignoring other vital factors.
Former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, against the wishes of other leaders, reportedly called the shots in the last selection process. He had recommended his own loyal candidates, who stood by him during the Rashtriya Kranti Party days, at the cost of other deserving ticket-seekers.
Kalyan Singh has been enjoying all the powers following BJP national president Rajnath Singh’s announcement that the party would go to the Vidhan Sabha poll under the former’s leadership.