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Intelligence to vet SP ticket seekers

IF YOU want the Samajwadi Party ticket for the assembly election, get your confidential report (CR) okayed by the State Intelligence wing. The wing has expedited gathering of political intelligence, particularly about SP ticket aspirants.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 01:15 IST
M Hasan

IF YOU want the Samajwadi Party ticket for the assembly election, get your confidential report (CR) okayed by the State Intelligence wing.

The wing has expedited gathering of political intelligence, particularly about SP ticket aspirants. Information about the possible rivals is also being collected so that effective candidates can be fielded. It is likely to provide a panel of at least three to four names, indicating preference from each constituency to the state leadership. This data bank is going to play a vital role in the SP’s decision- making process. 

Official sources said apart from depending on the party apparatus for selection of candidates , a drive had been launched to collect information from Intelligence wing about the contenders. A similar exercise was conducted in the 2004 LS elections and party nominations were denied to several ticket-seekers following “adverse reports”.  As compared to a report on 80 LS seats last time, this time the Intelligence department has been tasked with the exercise in 402 assembly constituencies.

With infighting in districts there is a feeling, that the leadership will not be able to get a proper picture from party leaders.

“Thus, their information would have to be cross- checked with the intelligence wing,” said a police officer. In Parliamentary elections, the Intelligence wing had provided a panel of three names from each constituency after thoroughly vetting information from the field. Axe is also likely fall on several MLAs, including ministers, who have tarnished the image of the party. The concern of the party could be gauged from the fact that the CM said that the party should not be punished for the bungling of MLAs and ministers. Yadav had earlier directed the SP youth wing to collect information about the ministers and MLAs and send them to the party headquarters. Facing the anti-incumbency factor, the party could opt for more new faces. Migration of votes from the SP to other outfits is also an area that has caught the attention of senior officers in the department.

Information about the impact of the formation of the Raj Babbar-led Jan Morcha and emergence of Muslim fronts is being collected from all over the State.