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BJP still debating over most of names

There are differences in BJP over tickets for about a hundred, or half the total number of the seats in Rajasthan. State BJP chief Vasundhara Raje said there was consensus on 100 seats.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2003 17:38 IST

There are differences in the BJP over tickets for about a hundred, or half the total number, of the Assembly seats in Rajasthan.

State BJP president Vasundhara Raje said there was consensus in the pradesh election committee (PEC) for a hundred seats and these names would be forwarded to the central election committee (CEC). She was speaking to journalists during a brief visit before flying back to Delhi for an informal meeting of the core committee.

The core committee comprises Raje, BJP general secretary Pramod Mahajan, treasurer Ramdas Agarwal, State BJP general secretary Prakash Chandra and leader of opposition in Rajasthan Assembly Gulab Chand Kataria.

Raje said it was expected that names for another 90 seats would be finalised today. These would be considered by the PEC and then forwarded to the CEC.

Raje said the PEC has held several formal and informal meetings during the past few days. The party has carried out several formal and informal surveys.

A major survey was carried out before the ‘parivartan yatra’ which also provided valuable feedback.

This was followed by another detailed survey. Apart from all this, feedback was obtained from observers and sent to different parts of the State. All these inputs were being considered by the PEC, said Raje. The tussle over tickets nevertheless seems to have persisted.

Raje said a few basic guidelines have been decided upon. By and large, no leader would be allowed to change his or her seat. Only the CEC, when it gets the full list, could make two-three exceptions, keeping in view the special circumstances, she said.

In case of those who had lost by margins higher than 10,000 votes, the party could review their suitability, said Raje.

The BJP would try to give adequate representation to women and youth while keeping a balance by giving due regard for the experienced leaders. It would field about 20-22 women candidates in Rajasthan.

Asked if her own seat had been decided, Raje replied, “My seat is decided. It is for the CEC to consider whether they want me to contest or campaign all over the state.”

Asked for the name of the constituency, she said, “It would be any of the seats under the Jhalawar parliamentary constituency.”

First Published: Nov 04, 2003 17:38 IST