HECTIC LOBBYING had started in different political parties for the mayoral post tickets and round the clock meetings were going on to identified the list of the possible candidates to send the list to the state committee of various parties.
It was to be noted that the state leadership of political parties would declare their party ticket for mayoral post.
After heated discuss at district party office, Samajwadi Party had made a panel of seven eligible candidates and sent it to the party leadership.
The meeting was organised in chairmanship of party MLC and division incharge of the party Rakesh Singh Rana and seven members possible candidates list was sent to party secretary Shivpal Singh Yadav.
The strong contender for the ticket are former district president of SP Gopal Yadav, Yogendra Chauhan, former police official Shivpujan Singh Yadav, former deputy mayor Haji Bhonu Mustafa, senior party leaders Rajkumari Devi, leader of SP Teachers’ Cell LN Sharma, Ramendra Yadav and Kalishanker.
Sources claim that SP had finalised the name of party candidate for 65 wards while the state leadership of the party would decided the five tickets.
Party has constituted separate selection committee and recommendation committee for possible candidates.
According to report, senior party leaders are considering Anand Yadav for mayor post as Yadav is son of a veteran socialist leader Deep Narain Yadav.
Hindu organisations and BJP are in state of dilemma over selection of mayor candidates. BJP is not in mood to ignore the will of sitting BJP MP Yogi Adityanath but most of the party office bearers are in favour that a BJP candidate should be filed for mayoral post.
According to report BJP MP Adityanath has favoured former SP leader Anju Chaudhary for the candidate from saffron forces but his will has caused displeasure among the RSS activists as they were in favour that a candidate with RSS background should be filed.
The other candidates for the post are Dharmendra Singh and former Mayor Rajendra Sharma. In Congress party, there are two strong contenders for the post. City unit president Chaudhary Irshad Husain admitted that Jeevan Prakash and Arvind Jaiswal are the two strong contenders but party has yet not finalised the name.
BSP district president Pashupati Nath said that party had also finalised the panel of possible candidates, which had been sent to the state party leadership for approval. All said and done, the hunt is on.