Claiming to have “managed” additional votes required for victory, the BJP has decided to field two candidates for MLC elections to be held in the state on January 23.
According to its numerical strength, BJP can get only one candidate elected to the legislative council. For one seat of MLC, 31 votes are required and BJP has 41 MLAs in the state Assembly.
While SP has fielded eight candidates, BSP has put up three. Thus, after BJP fields two candidates, there will be 13 candidates for 12 MLC seats, leading to an election. The BJP’s two MLCs — Baburam M Com of Jalaun and Vinod Pandey of Gorakhpur — are set to complete their terms.
“Why should we field one candidate when SP and BSP have fielded extra candidates? There will be an election and we are hopeful of victory. Bhagwan madad karega,” state BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai told The Indian Express.
He added that the names of the candidates will be declared on Sunday.
“There is no delay, as the nomination process is still on. There is no need for publicity as votes are fixed and only MLAs will vote,” Bajpai said, adding that names of the candidates will be finalised by the national party leadership.
Asked about arranging for additional votes, Bajpai said it will be looked into at a later stage. “But both our candidates will win the elections,” he claimed.
Bajpai also hinted that additional votes will be arranged from other parties.
“Candidate getting 31 votes will be elected and thereafter, elimination process will be adopted with counting of preferential votes,” said Pradeep Dubey, Principal Secretary (UP state Assembly).
Currently, SP has 230 MLAs, thus it will require 18 extra votes to get its eighth candidates elected.
The BSP has 80 legislators and thus, will require 13 more votes for the victory of its three candidates. The BJP has the lowest strength of 41 MLAs and will need 21 additional votes.
While the Congress and RLD combine has 36 MLAs and will have five spare votes if they contest jointly, 16 MLAs are from smaller parties in
the total elected strength of 403 MLAs in the state Assembly. Every party is apprehensive as there are MLAs ready to switch loyalties in every camp.
In the seats which are going for elections, SP has three seats, BJP two and BSP has the maximum of seven seats.