Even though the big election battle is almost two years away, it is not only the ruling BSP but the rivals have also pulled up socks well in advance in the state.
Reason: There is apprehension of early state assembly election.
The elections are due in March-April 2012.
However, there is feeling in political circle that Chief Minister Mayawati could opt for early poll to gain political mileage. Thus Mission 2012 could turn out to be Mission 2011, which is now haunting the political parties in the state.
"Political conditions indicate the election would be held next year," Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhury told Hindustan Times.
"We have already started preparations," Chaudhury added. The cautious Opposition doesn’t want to be taken by surprise by BSP on the issue.
Similarly, the newly appointed BJP president Surya Pratap Shahi also did not rule out the possibility of 2011 election.
Shahi has his own argument to prove the "early-poll-theory". He said the government plan to go for party-less civic election early next year is aimed at avoiding any embarrassment to the ruling party in the run up to main political battle later. "The party-less elections are always win-win situation for the ruling party," Shahi told HT.
"Jo jita who hamara" (one who wins is ours) has always been axiom in party-less poll. During party-less Panchayat election in 2005 the then ruling SP had claimed to have swept the poll.
Mayawati’s decision to disband the city and district units and bring in new faces before the election has also given fillip to early poll feeling. The new units, according to Mayawati, would be constituted up by August 20, 2010. However on candidates’ selection issue the Chief Minister has already announced that all 227 sitting members would be re-nominated. Thus the party is left with the selection process of less than 200 candidates.
In Congress, interviews are being held to shortlist the prospective candidates. The AICC has appointed ten observers to recommend the names of candidates.
Chaudhury said the SP, which has already collected applications from 402 constituencies, had been scrutinising them and names would be announced by next September.
The BJP will however take some time as new president Shahi has been acclimatising himself with party affairs. "The decision would be taken at an appropriate time," he said. The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Ram Asre Verma said the party leaders would soon meet in Delhi to chalk out an action plan.