UP elections: BJP to finalize list of candidates today | Latest India News
The leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, met in the capital on Monday to discuss the names of the remaining candidates in the seven-phase assembly election in the state.
The party has already announced the names of 197 candidates. The remaining names will be announced after the party’s central election committee meets on Tuesday, officials aware of the development said.
The BJP, which is contesting the upcoming UP assembly polls in alliance with the Apna Dal and the Nishad party, is likely to field candidates in about 380 seats in the 403-member assembly, a party official said.
“The BJP has almost finalized the seat sharing agreement with the allies Apna Dal and Nishad party and last minute negotiations are underway for a handful of purvanchal seats,” the official said undercover of anonymity.
Last week, party chairman JP Nadda spoke at a press conference accompanied by Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel and Nishad party’s Sanjay Nishad to say the allies are ready to compete ” jointly” to the 403 seats.
In 2017, Apna Dal contested 11 seats and won nine. This time, the party pushed the BJP to increase its quota in the distribution of seats. The Nishad party is also pushing for a double-digit seat distribution.
The BJP is also expected to move some of the incumbent lawmakers from their existing constituencies to increase its chances of improving the overall tally.
While a dozen lawmakers will move to new constituencies, between 70 and 80 will be dropped to counter anti-incumbency, the official said.
“The party also follows the practice of giving new faces a chance. This time we have announced that requests for multiple tickets per family will not be accepted,” said a second official.
The BJP had to revise its original plan to cut more than 40% of elected MPs following the departure of three ministers from other backward classes and a group of lawmakers. The party is aware of the resentment such a decision can trigger, said the second official, declining to be named.
“Anti-incumbency is generally against the incumbent legislator and the BJP has long followed a practice of dropping up to 30% of incumbents,” the second official said. “But overall the distribution of tickets is based on the possibility of winning.”