Aiming to be in a position to form the next government at the Centre by fairing better in Uttar Pradesh in the next Lok Sabha polls, the BJP has started shortlisting the prospective candidates in the state.
The senior state leaders had been on extensive tours of the state from November 18 to 26 to expose the wrong doings of the government. They had also deliberated in detail the local equations, social factors and the aspirations of various sections of society that would help them in shortlisting the candidates for the next Lok Sabha elections who can find acceptability among common people, state unit President of the party, Ramapati Ram Tripathi.
The party is moving ahead with the aim of "har gaon, har booth, har varg mein BJP" (BJP in every village, booth and section of society) for which the party leaders have been asked to tour the state to sense the pulse of the people.
The party which fared badly in the last Lok Sabha elections bagging 11 rpt 11 seats from UP has set a target of winning 35 to 40 seats from the state, which it feels would hold it in good stead in formation of the next government at the Centre.
Meanwhile, the projection of senior leader L K Advani as the prime ministerial candidate has led to speculations among the party on the likelihood of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajapyee staying away from electoral politics.
The majority however thinks that the veteran leader should be persuaded to contest election as his very presence makes a lot of difference and means a lot for the party.