Lucknow, Jan 07 (Agencies): With the BSP setting the ball rolling for the 2012 UP Assembly polls by  naming prospective nominees, other parties are also hurrying up to finalise their lists though they term the exercise started by the ruling party as a ‘desperate’ attempt to keep its flock together.

The main opposition Samajwadi Party, which has shortlisted at least five to seven names for each of the 403 constituencies, alleges that the BSP has opened ‘advance booking’ of party tickets which would remain open for bidders offering higher rates till elections.

"We are preparing for the elections but unlike the BSP, Samajwadi Party does not function like a private company distributing tickets to highest bidders", party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.

Chaudhary also added that the final decision on candidates' names would be taken after the three day state convention of the party beginning February 10 in Gorakhpur.

Like previous elections when the BSP had gained by finalising its candidates well in advance, the party coordinators of different regions have started declaring the names of prospective nominees within the party circle though formal announcments would be made later.

The BJP, which has also realised the importance of finalising candidates well in advance to give them enough time to do the ground work, said it follows a particular norm which would be kept in mind this time also.