BJP admits anti-incumbency in MP

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Bhopal, Oct 23 (UNI) The BJP today admitted ''anti-incumbency'' against certain legislators and ministers in Madhya Pradesh but claimed that the party would return to power with clear majority.

''The BJP is poised to win in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi and it will be a force to reckon with in Jammu and Kashmir and Mizoram, where no government can be formed sans BJP support,'' party General Secretary Ananth Kumar told mediapersons here today.

Mr Kumar, who arrived here to participate in a two-day meeting of the BJP's State Election Committee, said the process of candidate selection was in progress and the Committee would discuss probable nominees of 100 constitutencies by evening.

Another meeting of the Committee would be held after Diwali and the Central Election Committee would finalise the list of candidates in its meeting scheduled for October 30 and 31.

Assessment by the party's central and state units and feedback from the party network indicated that the political atmosphere in Madhya Pradesh was in BJP's favour, Mr Kumar said, adding that campaigning in all 230 constituencies would begin with full vigour by November 10.

''Winnability, social and political equations and acceptability by workers'' would be the main criteria in allotting tickets, he said. The party would deal with a ''rebellion-like'' situation against certain MLAs and ministers.

''It will be a very good target to pursue,'' he said when a reference was made to the BJP securing a historic three-fourths majority in the 2003 hustings.

The former Chief Minister Uma Bharti-led Bharatiya Jan Shakti ''is irrelevant'' in Madhya Pradesh, Mr Kumar said, adding ''we are against dynastic rule''. He denied infighting over tickets.

'Winnability' would be the main criterion as far as granting tickets to tainted legislators and ministers was concerned, he indicated, adding that acceptability among workers would be a key factor in such cases.

Delimitation would affect prospects of 36 MLAs, Mr Kumar pointed out, adding that a few MPs were likely to contest the Assembly polls.

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