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Survey holds key to BJP tickets

india Updated: Dec 31, 2011 12:21 IST
Rajeev Bhaskar
Rajeev Bhaskar
Hindustan Times
Rajeev Bhaskar

After receiving a list of probables for the 23 assembly seats the party would be contesting in the coming assembly elections, national BJP president Nitin Gadkari has decided to wait for the report of the party’s third internal survey on its poll prospects before holding the meeting of the central parliamentary board.

The state core committee submitted a panel of probable candidates to Gadkari, who preferred not to go into the details of the list and instead conveyed to the state leaders that he would rely more on the report of the party survey before taking a final decision on allocation of tickets.

The BJP has already carried out two surveys. State BJP president Ashwani Sharma has conducted meetings with party workers in all constituencies. The third survey is on and its findings are likely to be submitted to Gadkari on January 1.

Earlier, the survey report was to be submitted by January 7. But now that the polls have been advanced by two weeks, the private agency engaged by the party to conduct the survey has been asked to submit its report latest by January 1, sources said.

The central parliamentary board is expected to meet on January 2 to decide the candidates. The final list is likely to be released on January 3, two days before the process of filing nominations begins.

During the meeting with the state core committee, Gadkari reportedly said that there was a need to change some old-timers. The panel submitted by the core committee includes the names of four ministers.

If the survey report does not match with the proposals of the core committee, the central parliamentary board may introduce some new faces to curb the possible anti-incumbency factor.