The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh has stated unequivocally that no office-bearer at the state or district levels will be eligible to run for election. The party has stated that anyone who wishes to run for office must resign from their position in the party.
Swatantra Dev Singh, the state BJP chief, has already warned party leaders not to put up hoardings in their respective constituencies and run for office.
Sunil Bansal, the BJP’s general secretary (organisation), made this rule abundantly clear at a party meeting, according to sources.
According to a BJP leader present at the meeting, Bansal’s directive became the talk of the meeting, in which there were numerous indications that several sitting MLAs might not get the ticket again.
According to party sources, the party’s performance in the panchayat elections will be one of the factors determining the fate of sitting MLAs.
“MLAs from constituencies where the party performed poorly in panchayat elections may be denied a ticket. Furthermore, reports from the party’s internal surveys on a legislator’s performance will be a deciding factor “According to a party official.
The BJP has previously stated that relatives of party leaders will not be allowed to run in panchayat elections. However, the party later prioritised winnability and willingly gave tickets to the sons, daughters, and wives of its leaders.
“Rules are made to be broken in politics, and ultimately, it is the winnability factor that matters. Only a legislator’s performance can reduce the anti-incumbency factor. The party is determined to replicate its 2017 performance of 300+ seats, and winnability will be everything “said the official.