New Delhi: With focus on the LK Advani’s ‘Jan Chetna Yatra’ and the surveys in different constituencies of Uttar Pradesh to achieve sure-shot success, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is lagging behind its rivals in preparing for the UP Assembly elections 2012.

The surveys conducted by the BJP President Nitin Gadkari has become a major cause of worry for the party candidates in UP as they believe the delay in campaigning would seriously affect party’s prospect if election dates are declared much before than expected.

More so, with the participation of senior party leaders like Rajnath Singh and Kalraj Mishra in the Advani’s yatra, the selection of candidates has come to a halt.

As informed, the central leadership of the party is gauging the UP elections on the parameters set by the party for last elections in Bihar. It is estimated that the party is focusing more on surveys for distribution of tickets similar to what it did in Bihar to mark victory.

Sources say, the party has already spent more than Rs 2 crore for the surveys.

JPN/Bureau