The BJP may ask some of its senior leaders not to contest the forthcoming Parliamentary elections and, instead, focus on poll management.
Among leaders unlikely to contest are leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, former party chief M Venkaiah Naidu and former Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. General secretaries Thawar Chand Gehlot from Madhya Pradesh and Dharmendra Pradhan from Odisha may also opt out.
All these leaders are currently members of the Rajya Sabha. Jaitley’s name was doing the rounds as a probable candidate from Jaipur while Naqvi was a probable from Amroha.
“Given the wave in favour of Narendra Modi, every leader wants to contest the elections. But we need to have some people to manage the poll affairs,” said a senior BJP functionary. “So some leaders have opted out on their own while a suggestion has been made to others.” Now, those leaders would be actively involved in the party “war room”.
The BJP has also enrolled E-workers in about 800,000 poll booths and they would be linked directly to the war room.
“Every booth will have 10 young BJP workers to get in touch with voters,” said another BJP leader.