With too many issues to handle, BJP chief Amit Shah has been systematically organising his meeting with party leaders from election-bound states. However, a meeting on Rajasthan candidates, on the eve of the party’s central election committee meet on finalising candidates for Madhya Pradesh Assembly election, surprised many. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje came to the national capital, apparently to push names of some leaders she wanted in the candidates’ list along with the list of Madhya Pradesh. Although Rajasthan goes to the polls on December 7, Raje was keen on announcing some of the candidates last week itself. But Shah, who had a long meeting to finalise MP candidates, apparently asked her to bring more names for each constituency.
It’s election time, and there will be no dearth of conspiracy theories and rumours. One such speculation — that the Congress high command has asked four AICC secretaries in charge of Rajasthan, who are assisting general secretary Avinash Pande, to keep themselves away from the ticket distribution process — has spread like wildfire. Pande and other leaders had to clarify that all is well, and that such reports are false, to contain the damage. While unhappiness and heartburn over candidate selection are a regular affair in the run-up to elections, rumours and allegations that tickets are being “sold” can be damaging to any party. The party leadership is now trying to find out where and how these rumours originated — who was behind it?
Not Keen On Kin
With the BJP vehemently criticising dynasty politics in opposition parties, the party’s leaders are having to be extra-careful about supporting family members entering the electoral fray. BJP general secretary Saroj Pande had to face such a situation when her brother filed nominations in Chhattisgarh, apparently without consulting Pande. It was a tough mission for Pande to convince her brother to withdraw his nomination.