BJP finalises names for Vidhan Parishad seats

LUCKNOW: In a politically crucial move, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is learnt to have finalised the names of candidates who are proposed to be nominated for the four MLC seats in Uttar Pradesh which got vacated on July 5.
The decision, highly placed sources in the BJP said, was taken at the crucial core committee meeting of the party called at the residence of CM Yogi Adityanath on Thursday late evening. The meeting was attended by Union minister and UP election in charge of party, Dharmendra Pradhan, co-in charge Anurag Thakur, UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh and state general secretary (organisation), Sunil Bansal.
Sources said that the leaders formally pitched for nominating the MLCs to send out strong political signals ahead of the UP polls due in the next few months. All four seats which got vacated were held by the SP — Sri Ram Yadav, Lilawati Kushwaha, Ram Vraksh Yadav and Jitendra Yadav. The issue of proposed cabinet expansion was also factored in the core committee meeting. But no final decision was taken at the time of filing this report.
All eyes will be trained on the BJP which is expected to factor in caste arithmetic while nominating four members to the legislative council in the coming days to counter an aggressive opposition in the run-up to UP assembly elections due next year.
Since the seats are of the nomination category and there is no involvement of the election commission, no time limit has been fixed for completing the process.
In fact, one of four seats has been lying vacant since September 2020 when SP MLC Sri Ram Singh Yadav died due to Covid-19.
While BJP keeps the names of prospective candidates close to its chest, speculations have been rife about Congress turncoat and former Union minister Jitin Prasada, a Brahmin, being routed to the upper house of UP assembly. Likewise, the BJP may attempt to keep Nishad party chief Sanjay Nishad in good humour to consolidate its position among the MBC, especially Mallah and its 17 sub-castes.

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