Lucknow: The unwarranted delay in declaring the first list of candidates for the upcoming UP Assembly elections by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has increased the differences amongst the party cadres.

The increasing restlessness amongst the BJP members especially those eying a party ticket in the UP 2012 elections has even further increased the differences between the various groups of the saffron party. Majority of the potential candidates enjoy the backing of BJP seniors and they are busy in lobbying to strengthen their candidature.

The exercise of releasing the first list of candidates has become the major concern for the party members. The BJP leadership has already made several experiments in their search for a dependable and winning candidate, and now even the party bigwigs are in a state of confusion.

Initially, the party conducted a survey to explore the ground realities of candidates. Thereafter, it appointed a number of party In-charge to provide their feedback.

Thereafter, taking inspiration from the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the BJP tried to speed up the procedure to announce the first list of party candidates. The state leadership of BJP held meetings in all six regions to discuss the names of potential candidates.

However, all the efforts proved a wasted exercise and it further compounded to the miseries of the party leadership.

The entire activity has even further deepened the chasm between the various factions within the party. In a damage control exercise, the party appointed a number of In-charges on the district and assembly constituency level. But rather than pacifying the situation, it made things even worse for the party.

In recent party meetings, the leaders of divided groups are accusing each other. The inclusion of names of family members of senior BJP members in the BJP panel too has raised several eyebrows within the party cadres.

The other major problem faced by the BJP is the desire of party’s executive and other committee members to contest the elections. Even though the central leadership of BJP is against the move, the committee members are trying to build up pressure for their candidature. The party stalwarts want to seek the opinion of it’s committee member to form the poll strategy but they are busy trying to strengthen their candidature from the desired assembly constituency.

Prior to assembly polls, the local body election remains a major challenge before the party. The BJP faces the uphill task of retaining it’s seats in urban areas and at the same time increase the vote bank in major cities of UP.

Meanwhile, one section of the party has raised the demand to declare the first list of party candidates for assembly polls only after assessing it’s position in the urban body election.

JPN/Bureau