2nd list: BJP keeps mum as unrest prevails among ticket seekers
Even after two days of CEC meeting to finalise the second candidate list for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls on Wednesday, BJP still kept everyone guessing about the final names. Party insiders feel that the growing unrest over ticket distribution for last one week has become the headache for the party president Amit Shah.
The party sources said that the recent political developments in the state, like SP-Congress alliance and emergence of Ajit Singh's party RLD have compelled the BJP to relook their plan. Moreover, with the party top brass' nod to enlist names of daughters and sons of politicians, this also has raised the uncertainty. But party sources claimed that the second list where BJP will be declaring around 150 names is expected to include family members and relatives of several BJP veterans, including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh and Lok Sabha MPs such as Hukum Singh and Brajbhushan Sharan Singh. Though Union minister J P Nadda claimed to have balanced the list with the proper ratio for all sections of society.
Clearly, the BJP's social engineering experiment has not been working to the satisfaction of its strategists. May be that's why the party has been opting for import of 'winning candidates' from rival parties.
BJP's problems may grow if the Dalit camp remains united behind BSP as solidly as ever, non-Yadav OBC votes are likely to suffer a three-way split among BJP, SP and BSP. So, the BJP list of candidates includes many new entrants from SP, BSP and RLD- Mahaveer Rana from Behat, Dharam Singh Saini from Nakur, Om Kumar from Nehataur, Mamtesh Shakya from Patiyali, Roshan Lal Verma from Tilhar, Romi Sahni from Palia and Bala Prasad Awashi from Dhaurahra (all sitting BSP MLAs).