New Delhi: In an effort to revive the party’s lost glory in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started the preparations for the forthcoming assembly elections in 2012.

BJP’s state core group has finalised the names of contesting candidates for almost half of the constituency seats. Some names are likely to be announced in August.

In an effort to sort out the differences between some senior party members, a meeting was held at the residence of former BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Monday. It is worth mentioning that in the previous meeting senior BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Varun Gandhi had locked horns over some issue. However, in a sharp contrast both party stalwarts were witnessed supporting each other in the meeting at Singh’s residence.

According to the sources, the names of 200 party candidates were finalized in the meeting. BJP Uttar Pradesh President Surya Pratap Shahi, Kalraj Mishra, Vinay Katiyar, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Varun Gandhi and several other leaders were among those present in the meeting.

Notably, Bahujan Samaj Party ( BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) have announced the names of party candidates for majority of the assembly seats. However, BJP does not want to lag behind on this front and keeping the fact in mind it has decided to soon announce the first list of candidates.