The party think tank was gnashing its teeth due to the poor performance in some of the assembly seats in the Bihar by-polls that followed a shambolic show in the Uttarakhand by-elections.

On those seats, the BJP leaders’ self-interested efforts to get tickets to their kith and kin resulted in their downfall, with the saffron outfit even facing defeat on seats where it had a good stranglehold. Consequently, the different factions in the party were laid bared out in open.

Now, with the assembly elections again knocking doors in several states, the BJP high command has already sent a clear warning to its leaders of not repeating the same mistakes.

As per the sources, there is no bar on allotting tickets to the relatives of leaders; in fact the first list released for the Haryana assembly elections gives a clear indication towards it.

However, another thing that has been made clear is that each and every party activist would have to work tirelessly for all the candidates and no slapdash attitude in this regard would be tolerated.

The party high command will keep a more vigilant eye on the states of Haryana and Jharkhand where internal wrangling over the question of chief ministerial candidate had already started a long time back. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah had reacted strongly to put a halt on the in-house squabbling.

However, the party is still not satisfied and its fears over further groupism within the party have not been allayed yet. The BJP does not want to miss out on a golden opportunity to form government in Haryana.

The party high command has ordered the state unit to step into the election battlefield with a united front. And no matter how tall the stature of any party leader is, if any complaint comes against them, they would have to come up with replies.

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