The BJP Central Election Committee meeting is going to be held today under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this meeting, the final seal will be taken on the names of the candidates for the assembly elections. The panel of names of candidates for Phase I and II will be placed before the Central Election Committee to be held today. An announcement related to seat-sharing will be made after this meeting. It is being told that the BJP’s core committee has decided the names of more than 150 candidates, including 113 seats in the first and second phases of the assembly elections.
In a meeting held in New Delhi on Wednesday in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and election in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan, the selection of candidates for 71 seats in western UP and 65 in Braj was discussed. The meeting ended at around 1.45 pm after lasting about 14 hours. According to sources, the names of candidates have been decided on most of the 58 seats in the first phase and 55 seats in the second phase. In some seats, the candidates will be announced after the SP and RLD candidates are announced.
Apart from these, some such names have also been stamped, which have to be contested from their current seat. According to sources, after the BJP MLAs switched to the SP, the top leaders of the party are no longer in favor of cutting more tickets for the sitting MLAs. He believes that the seats where the sitting MLA is sure to lose if he is given a ticket will be cut.
After the discussion on the names in the committee, in the meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board to be held on January 14 or 15, the candidates will be declared after putting their final seal on the names of the candidates. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dr. Dinesh Sharma, General Secretary Organization Sunil Bansal attended the meeting. While BJP President JP Nadda and state in-charge Radha Mohan Singh virtually attended.
Anupriya Patel and Sanjay Nishad met Amit Shah
According to the latest information, Apna Dal President Anupriya Patel and Nishad Party President Sanjay Nishad and his son Praveen Nishad met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Wednesday night to discuss seat-sharing. However, the leaders of both parties are not ready to say anything about the seats yet.
Reliable sources say that Anupriya has claimed two dozen seats, including half a dozen seats in Awadh and Bundelkhand, while Sanjay Nishad has also demanded more than ten seats. Leaders of both parties say that they have put their point in front of Amit Shah. The situation on the seats is expected to be cleared in a day or two.
Jats can get more tickets than before
In order to blunt the edge of SP and RLD alliance in western UP in the assembly elections, BJP will give more tickets to the leaders of Jat community than in 2017. In 2017, the party had fielded 16 Jat candidates, including Sardar Baldev Singh Aulakh. Of these, Chhaprauli seat of Baghpat and Asmauli seat of Sambhal were lost. While BJP won the remaining 14 seats. In 2018, the lone RLD MLA from Chhaprauli, Sahendra Singh also joined the BJP. According to sources, the party had given four tickets to Gujjar Samaj last time. This time the Gujjar community can also get one or two more seats.