Facing intense factionalism,the Samajwadi Party has decided to hire a private agency to conduct a survey in all Assembly constituencies and run a background check on potential candidates for the 2012 elections.
Although party observers have completed a survey,the SP leadership does not want to take any chance in its attempt to win the elections.
State SP president Akhilesh Yadav said,We are in the process of hiring an agency to conduct a comprehensive survey in each of the 403 Assembly constituencies. The inputs provided by the agency will help us to select the best possible candidates. We want people who have a clean image and support of all sections. We also want the candidates who are above factionalism.
In July,the party had sent two observers to every district to assess the political situation in the area and popularity of potential candidates. The observers have since submitted their reports to the party leadership. But we also want an objective,non-partisan assessment of each Assembly constituency. So,we have decided to hire the services of an agency, said Yadav.
The agency will study caste equations and political situation in each constituency,the image and financial standing of potential candidates,their involvement in party programmes and agitations in last three years besides other things. The party is looking for an agency which has done similar work in the past.
The SP had initiated the process of selecting candidates for the 2012 polls in April when it had invited applications from prospective candidates. After screening,the applicants were interviewed by party leaders. Next,observers were sent to each district and submit reports to party president Mulayam Singh Yadav.