For 50 seats,BJP quietly sounds out candidates

Sources in the party said that BJP’s Delhi in-charge Nitin Gadkari had already briefed candidates about the constituencies they were to contest from.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: October 13, 2013 1:50:52 am

With the list of candidates for Assembly elections delayed,senior BJP leaders said potential candidates had been briefed about their tickets.

Sources in the party said that BJP’s Delhi in-charge Nitin Gadkari had already briefed candidates about the constituencies they were to contest from. They said the candidates have been asked to start working in their constituencies.

“Almost 50 seats have been finalised and candidates have been told to start campaigning for the elections. The list may have been delayed but most candidates have been informed verbally. The list will be a formality,” a senior BJP leader said.

The candidates have been asked not to speak to the media until the list is announced,party leaders said. “They have been told not to tell people that they have been chosen for the post. But individually they have been told to drum up support,” another party leader said.

Gadkari had said that the list will be out soon. But party leaders believe that bringing out a list early would lead to infighting.

“If the list is out early,those who do not get tickets may play spoilsport. It is advisable to announce the tickets late. But it is up to the party leaders to decide how and when to put out the list,” the source said.

Some leaders have withdrawn from the race for BJP tickets. “I have been approached to contest the election but I told them that I cannot. There are several reasons. I would like to contest from some other seat,but the seat that the party had offered me was not my stronghold. I am glad that a stronger leader will contest for that seat. It is important that we win this election,” a party leader said.

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