New Delhi: Nearly one and a half year is still left for next general election in 2014 but political parties have started to lock horns amid speculation of early polls. After Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party released lists of party candidates a couple of weeks back, Congress is also moving towards this direction.
Congress may finalise the names of party candidates for general elections by June next year. This gives a clear indication that general elections may take place before the schedules.
Some of the BJP leaders have already forecasted early Lok Sabha elections and have started preparations for polls from politically important Uttar Pradesh. A panel from UP BJP will prepare a list of probables by the end of the year and send it to party high command. Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have already declared lists of 63 and 76 candidates respectively.
Congress general secretary and member of election coordination committee Digvijay Singh denies any possibility of early elections. Digvijay informed that the selection of the candidates will be done strictly on the recommendations of committee headed by Defence Minister AK Antony. Congress has also appointed 55 supervisors who have been directed to select 550 candidates and to forward them to a three-member poll committee. The state working committees will also submit separate reports recommending candidates for Lok Sabha polls and thereafter the central election committee will finalize the lists.
Digvijay said that the procedure of selection of candidates will be given final tune by June next year but it does mean that early general election will be held.