Apart from Sidhu, General VK Singh and Baleshwar Tyagi are also in the race to contest elections from Ghaziabad with an eye on neutralizing any effect of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the NCR region.

BJP has of late drawn flak over its mismanagement in distributing tickets for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Alternatively, AAP has yet not named its candidate from the Ghaziabad constituency, which has kept rival political honchos guessing over this matter.

By giving ticket to Dr Himanshu Singh from Meerut, AAP has already signaled its intent of cornering its rivals on this particular seat.

As per other reports coming, BJP president Rajnath Singh can contest elections from either Gautam Budh Nagar or Meerut seat.

BJP’s Parliamentary Board would release the list of candidates till March 13 and before that party’s senior leaders would start mulling over the caste equation in the Western UP from a scratch.

The Ghaziabad seat has around 22 lakh voters, out of which more than 1.6 lakh are regional voters.  Considering all these factors, VK Singh and Sangeet Som’s names are also being discussed.

Under pressure from its NDA ally Akali Dal, BJP can also gamble on Sidhu from the Ghaziabad constituency.

BJP high command is also brainstorming over General VK Singh’s name from Ghaziabad, which can counterbalance AAP’s effect there. Singh has expressed desire to contest LS elections from the Bhiwani seat, however, the party leaders have not paid much heed to it.

AAP also tried to rope in former Union home minister Baleshwar Tyagi, who has a clean image, for the Ghaziabad seat but he has expressed desire to contest election on BJP seat only. Tyagi’s name for the Ghaziabad seat has also been recommended by former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh.

Accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots, BJP leader Sangeet Som has also proposed his candidature from the Ghaziabad and Muzaffarnagar constituencies. Good number of regional voters, presence of 12 to five regional MLAs in Western UP and his youth image are some of the arguments that Som put forward to the party high command in support of his candidacy.

According to the latest indications, Rajnath Singh’s camp has shown keen interest in the Gautam Budh Nagar and Meerut-Hapur seat, which has spiced up the political equations in the state.  On the other hand, Vaishya candidate Rajendra Agrawal’s name is leading the pack from the Meerut constituency.


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