Lucknow: The announcement of candidates for the forthcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh has become a herculean task for the Bharatiya Janata Party, as it fears the internal conflict within the party organization would come out in open as some of the prospective candidates would rebel against the party.

It’s been six months that the party started the candidate screening procedure, but the party has been unable to declare even the first list of candidates for the 2012 polls.

However, sources say there are many more reasons for the delay than the internal bickering. Party had tried out different things like forming zonal and sub-zonal committees for taking popular view in the constituencies and screening the list of prospective candidates. Even this initiative seemed to have failed.

Sources said, more than problem of fixing the caste equation in selection of candidates, dealing with the senior leaders of the party from the state has become a bigger issue for the leadership.

Leaders like Uma Bharti, Yogi Adityanath and Varun Gandhi did not take part in the party meetings.

Things have come to a pass that the party leaders have not been able to even take up the survey records and feedbacks about the candidates in areas like Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur and Pilibhit.

Likewise, BJP is not in a position to make the party MLAs unhappy. The decision of giving ticket to sitting MLAs has been left over to the Central leadership. Some of the MLAs have already embarrassed they party by turning rebels and joining other parties. Such confusions are delaying finalization of candidates.

As there is a chance of local body elections prior to the Assembly elections, a part of the party is not in view of declaring the list before it. A vice president in the state is of the view that by declaring the list before the local body elections, the party may have to face double loss. So to be on the safer side, it would be better to wait for the court and government’s decision on the issue.

The success of proposed ‘Yatras’ from October 13 is also being linked with selection of the candidates. It is believed that if the list is announced before such marches, those denied party ticket would make all efforts to make such Yatras a failure.

Meanwhile, the main NDA alliance, the JD (U) has added salt to the wounds of the parry by declaring candidates for 50 seats.

JD-U general secretary and spokesman KC Tyagi, who claims his party has given a lifeline to BJP in Bihar, said, “Only the implementation of ‘Bihar Model’ in UP could be the winning formula for BJP.”

The task of gaining the support of backward classes in the state can only be done with the help of JD (U), he added.

JD (U) on December 25 is going to handover the list of its 50 candidates to the central leadership.

(JPN/ Bureau)