First meeting of BJP election committee took place under the chairmanship of state chief Vasundhara Raje at Alsisar Haveli on Sunday. State in-charge Kaptan Singh Solanki informed that the committee has formed concusses over names for as many as 60 assembly seats.
Discussions took place on 100 seats on the first day of the meeting. The committee identified 47 constituencies in the grade-C category. These are the constituencies from where party has hardly won any assembly elections or has won just once or twice. Over selection of candidates on these seats, committee members have been asked to come up with detailed reasons for party’s dismal performance.
Sources informed that special focus is being laid on 54 seats which are all reserved, including 25 for STs and 34 for SCs.
With BJP rebel Kirori Lal Meena in the poll fray with his own party, BJP does not want to take any risk. Committee members have been asked to give their suggestions and come up with detailed suggestions on how to improve party’s performance in the grade-C constituencies.
The first list of candidates is likely to be announced by October 31. Senior leaders admitted that first list of candidates may comprise of 60-80 names.
Highly placed sources informed that meeting of parliamentary broad is slated to take place between October 29 and 31, when final list forwarded by the state election committee will get final nod. Sources informed that before meeting of parliamentary board, state election committee will meet once more after which name of final candidates will be sent to parliamentary board.
Kaptan Singh Solanki made it clear that decision over tickets will be taken collectively and not by a single person.
Highly placed sources informed that the party has completed several rounds of feedback and surveys, reports on which have been submitted to Raje herself. Eventually, the final list of candidates will also be finalized by Raje, which will be cleared by the parliamentary board, sources said.
Meanwhile, sources informed that out of 15 members in the committee, 14 are strong contenders for party tickets. Leaders are of the view that these members should be sent out of the meeting room, when the committee discusses their candidature on assembly seats.
Besides members of the election committee, there were 3 more BJP leaders who were present at the Sunday meeting. While the presence of V Satish and Kaptan Singh Solanki is justified by the posts they hold in the party, presence of Rajya Sabha MP Bhupendra Yadav raised many eyebrows in the party. No party leader was in a position to answer why Yadav attended the meeting of state election committee.