BJP shortlists 450 names for 380 seats

The core committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party for Uttar Pradesh on Saturday formed a panel of more than 450 candidates for around 380 of the state’s 403 Assembly constituencies.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:January 4, 2012 4:33 am

The core committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for Uttar Pradesh on Saturday formed a panel of more than 450 candidates for around 380 of the state’s 403 Assembly constituencies.

In the two-day meeting of the party’s state core committee that concluded in New Delhi on Saturday,party prepared the panel of candidates whose name will be discussed in central election committee next week. The declaration of the first list of candidates is expected by December 15.

Sources said remaining 23 seats have been left for smaller parties like Janata Dal (U) and Janwadi Party but final decision on alliance with these parties and seat-sharing would be taken in the meeting of central election committee. Sources said the BJP has a plan to contest on at least 365 seats. According to sources,youths and women candidates are dominating the panel.

Sources also said the party is going to field its senior leaders in UP Assembly elections. These leaders include Uma Bharti,national vice-presidents Vinay Katiyar and Kalraj Mishra,state president Surya Pratap Shahi and national secretaries Ashok Pradhan and Santosh Gangwar. But party core committee did not finalise their name for any seat in the two-day meeting.

“The seats for these leaders would be decided in the meeting of the central election committee,” said a senior party leader.

Sources said the BJP is now desperate to declare its candidates so that they could start mass contact programme in their area. Other major political parties have already declared some of their candidates who have started their campaigning.

The BJP had collected the names of probable candidates from district in-charge about two months back but did not finalise the names as Jan Swabhiman Yatras were proposed in the state. Now as these yatras are over and the Election Commission of India has become active,the party has expedited the task of candidate selection.

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