The party’s leadership has however come under intense scrutiny over its choice of candidates, especially in Uttar Pradesh. Even sources considered close to BJP and Sangh Parivar are of the opinion that social equations have taken into consideration while ticket distributions, but the list of candidates for areas around Varanasi is denting the morale of party workers and well wishers.

The BJP is of the firm view that fielding Modi from Varanasi will have a far reaching impact upto Bihar including more than half dozen seats in the Purvanchal region. Though Modi’s impact is visible to a considerable extent in Varanasi, the BJP has failed to field charismatic candidates in the region, who can make the people come out of their home in the sultry weather of May. Several BJP and Sangh workers also have a similar viewpoint.  

The BJP however hopes that it would bend the situation to its favour by changing candidates. The party is also involved in a series of discussions over BJP president Rajnath Singh’s home region of Chandauli, where the saffron outfit has fielded former Uttar Pradesh minister Mahendra Nath Pandey, but he has no previous experience of testing poll prospects from there.

The Sangh as well as BJP leaders believe that Virender Singh Mast would have ensured BJP’s win had he been provided ticket from Chandauli, but he has been fielded from Bhadohi seat, where social equations are not favouring him.

However, Ramrati Bind was considered a leader with more winnable credentials from Bhadohi seat. Things are similar in Sonbhadra constituency as well where a former MP’s ticket has been cancelled and replaced with a village head, a move which people are finding tough to digest.

In Salempur, the name of Pankaj Shekhar, an elder son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, was making rounds initially but the ticket eventually went to someone else. Mau and Ghazipur have also witnessed the same scenario. The way things have evolved has also sent a wave of apprehension among a major section in the saffron camp.

According to an office bearer of Sangh Parivar, the BJP has kept social equations in mind while naming candidates. It’s believed that things would have been better had seats been allocated according to candidates’ track record and the saffron party might have probably missed out on this.

Bhaskar Yadav, who is associated with an NGO, also says that the BJP should have taken certain factors into consideration while announcing the candidates.
He said that Modi does not have that much of charisma and ammo to ensure BJP’s win in Purvancal single-handedly and added that regional equations play a major factor here.

Besides, BJP has also fielded certain candidates in several seats in the region, which brings the party’s intent of contesting polls comes under scanner.


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