30% of non-performing legislators may be denied tickets by BJP

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30% of non-performing legislators may be denied tickets by BJP

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 | Biswajeet Banerjee | Lucknow

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to go for a major overhaul by denying tickets to over 30 per cent of its sitting legislators for their non-performance, and the list may include some cabinet rank ministers in the Yogi government.
The blueprint of the election strategy was chalked out in a high-level meeting of party leaders held in Lucknow on Monday night. It was presided over by BJP national president JP Nadda and attended by members of the core group, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The meeting started at 9 pm and continued till midnight as leaders discussed the nitty-gritty of poll strategy. A highly-placed source told ‘The Pioneer’ that the core group has reached a consensus that BJP should try new faces in the upcoming elections.
What helped this group reach this decision were the two surveys carried out in the last three months. One was the internal assessment of the party while the other was carried out by a Delhi-based socio-political evaluation agency. The conclusion of both the surveys was that Yogi was over-riding popular among the masses but his government was plagued with very high anti-incumbency.
“This anger is more against the local legislators for their failure to redress the grievances of the people at the ground level than the party. In majority of the cases, the legislators were found to be inaccessible to people, and in some, they even misbehaved with the people,” the source said.
He claimed that the core group has given a go-ahead to change anything between 100-120 sitting legislators. The list includes some cabinet rank ministers.
According to sources, three ministers, including one of the cabinet rank, are all set to join the Samajwadi Party, and they may switch sides after the poll notification is issued.  
The highly-placed source claimed that the party may have taken a final decision to deny tickets to sitting legislators in the Monday night meeting, but Nadda had thrown a hint regarding this back in August during a meeting of Braj region, when he said that many sitting legislators, including ministers, could be denied tickets in the upcoming assembly elections. In that meeting, he had made it clear that performance would be the indicator of ticket distribution.
Even in Lucknow, a minister may be denied a ticket to accommodate Deputy Chief Minister Dr Dinesh Sharma, and the party leadership has asked the chief minister and his two deputies to contest the election.
At present, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his two deputies (Dr Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya) are members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. The BJP and its ally Apna Dal have 315 seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly. In this edition, the party is likely to contest around 380 seats, leaving 20-odd seats for allies Apna Dal and Nishad Party.

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