State BJP in a fix as poll aspirants far exceed limit

Lok Sabha constituencies in Ahmedabad,which are also Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bastions have caught the fancy of more candidates than usual this time.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:March 9, 2009 2:06 am

Lok Sabha constituencies in Ahmedabad,which are also Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bastions have caught the fancy of more candidates than usual this time. As a result,state party bosses were forced to sit for another round of deliberations over the weekend. The leaders were supposed to be in New Delhi on Sunday with the list of names from which the central party leadership was to choose the final candidates.

Anandi Patel,in-charge minister of Ahmedabad,and state BJP general secretary Jayanti Barot,had a meeting with the party workers on Saturday to plan out booth management activities. Along with this exercise,they also asked the participants the best way to shortlist the aspirants and who they thought were suitable candidates for Ahmedabad East and Ahmedabad West seats. Incidentally,after over five decades,the city will get two MPs as a result of the delimitation exercise.

The meeting went on till late in the night and Patel and Barot revisited the party office on Sunday. There was a general feeling that because of so many contestants for the ticket,Delhi’s job should be made easier by slashing the list further to make decision making faster. It was for this reason perhaps that the list could not be forwarded to Delhi within one week as declared earlier.

State BJP general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Rupani said there was no fresh demand to induct more people in the panel of candidates,but a scrutiny had to be done to curtail the list.

Asked why the State Parliamentary Board of the BJP did not send the list to Delhi as per schedule,Rupani said there is no need to rush things as there is plenty of time before a final list is declared by Delhi.

Sitting MP Harin Pathak and State BJP’s women’s wing president Madhuben Patel are two strong contenders for the East Ahmedabad constituency,but they are just two of the 24-odd aspirants.

BJP to use podcasting to reach young voters

Election speeches of BJP leaders will now be available for download on iPods. The state BJP,which used emails and SMSes to reach voters during Assembly elections in the state in 2007,will use podcasting to air its views to voters in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The BJP has got six websites; two of them – http://www.bjpgujarat.org and http://www.narendramodi.in – are party’s official websites,while four others are being run by sympathisers of the party. Besides,the party’s IT team will also be making short films/clips to promote the party. The number of people in the party’s IT cell has also been increased to 60. SG Yadav,the BJP IT head,said,“The objective of going hi-tech is to reach out to the young voters. This time we will be using podcast and RSS feeds.”

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