Lucknow: The results of two by-elections in Uttar Pradesh have given a jolt to the Bharatiya Janata Party which is aspiring to make a mark in the next year’s Assembly polls. But a few top party leaders are more worried with the results as their strategy to launch their children in the upcoming elections also seems to have met with a roadblock.

Such leaders are nowadays busy trying to evolve a consensus and balance the political equation for serving their interest.

According to the party insiders, former BJP president Rajnath Singh's son Pankaj Singh, who is the state minister in the organization, is most likely to get the party ticket, but which constituency would provide him safe landing is a concern. However, three safe seats in Lucknow, Varanasi and Gautam Buddha Nagar have been identified to provide him smooth sailing.

Likewise, another party leader Satyadev Singh, who has held several important offices in the organization and is the party’s spokesperson in the state, is also a worried father. Singh has been an MP from Balrampur and is known to have considerable influence in Gonda and Balrampur districts is not willing his son (Vaibhav Singh) to begin political carrier from this region as the party has already lost its grip here. Therefore, he wants his son to contest from Lucknow East assembly seat, which has been the BJP’s pocket-borough.

Prof Ramji Singh, who has been an Organization Minister and an MLC, is now a member in the party’s national executive. He is also striving to promote his son (Arijit Singh), therefore wants him to contest from Mau. Similarly, former MP Ram Baksh Verma also wants the party ticket for his son Alok Verma from Kannauj.

The veteran BJP leader and MP from Lucknow, Lalji Tandon, desire to seek party ticket for his son Gopal Tandon from Lucknow, is pretty known in the organization. Gopal Tandon has been claiming Lucknow East constituency since his father vacated it after becoming an MP.

The party did not provide him opportunity to contest in the by-poll but for the next year’s Assembly elections but he has again staked his claim.

Pramila Katiyar is another name in such list. She wants her daughter Neelima Katiyar to contest from Kanpur. Likewise, after the death of former minister Ram Prakash Tripathi, his daughter Archana Pandey is also seeking the party ticket from Chibramau constituency.

JPN/Bureau