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UP parties speed up LS candidate selection process

Anticipating early Lok Sabha election, all the major political players in Uttar Pradesh have accelerated the process to select their candidates.

The Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party have given indications that the names of their candidates would be announced by the end of this year.

SP spokesman Ram Gopal Yadav said his party was ready for an early election and therefore it ‘would start announcing the candidates for the Lok Sabha election by Navratra’.

The BJP has also started the process for selection of it candidates and the first list is expected by December, a party leader said.

Though the BSP leadership is believed to have ticked the leaders to contest the next Lok Sabha election, there is no official word about it. The recent political turmoil in India over Union Government’s decision to introduce FDI in retail sector and hike in diesel prices has set the tongue waging about possibility of an early election. SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has also started parleys to stitch a third front that could stand as an alternative to Congress and BJP. In that scenario the political parties have expedited the process to select candidates for the Lok Sabha election. ‘The Central Parliamentary Board of the Samajwadi Party would soon meet in Lucknow to give its approval on the names of the Lok Sabha candidates,’ a senior leader said.

In the first phase, names of 50 candidates are likely to be cleared by the party, sources said. There is also a possibility that some ‘big’ leaders from other parties could be given ticket by the SP in the Lok Sabha elections. The bottom line of candidate selection would be the winnability prospect of the candidate, he said.

SP is setting an eye to win atleast 60 seats from UP, that has 80 LS constituencies. Party leaders say even if the party is able to win 40 seats it would dictate terms in formation of next government.
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