Mumbai: As political parties gird their loins ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election 2012, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) national president Nitin Gadkari cleared that the party will give ticket to only those candidates who have sure shot chances of winning seats in UP.

Talking to Dainik Jagran in Mumbai, Gadkari said he is giving personal attention to UP polls. “More than 15 meetings have been conducted so far and information related to past elections has been collected from each constituency. The party does not want to waste its time on campaigning in 87 seats where BJP has never marked victory,” said Gadkari.

The party president said, “In last elections the BJP won 55 seats in Uttar Pradesh which is likely to increase by 125-150 seats in the UP polls 2012. If the party turns successful in raising the vote bank by three to four percent, then it will be a BJP government in the state.”

Gadkari accepted that the tie ups with Bhaujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the past proved wrong step for the BJP in UP. Therefore, the party is no mood to repeat the same mistake.

JPN/Bureau