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Wanted: Selfless BJP leaders

india Updated: Sep 22, 2008 23:32 IST
Shekhar Iyer

The BJP is scouting for senior leaders willing to stay way from electoral fray and ready to concentrate on poll strategy.

The party wants these leaders to take charge of 10 to 12 of the 250 Lok Sabha seats identified as ‘important’ by the party.

The decision to rope in experienced hands was taken at the conclave of BJP leaders held in Bangalore last week.

Venkaiah Naidu, who heads the BJP election management committee, has opted out of the contest, and announced he would like to concentrate on the party's success.

Sushma Swaraj, who is a member of the high-powered panel tasked with talking to the NDA allies, may also take charge of some constituencies. Similarly, former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shanta Kumar's name is also doing the rounds.

"We may also ask leaders contesting the elections to look after other seats besides their own," said a BJP official.

The BJP has already asked its state units to revisit their list of probable candidates for the polls in the light of desertion by 8 of its MPs during the trust vote in July. It wants "extensive consultations" with party functionaries to choose the right candidate.