BJP sees rush for LS tickets
Parliament Elections: BJP Sees Rush For Lok Sabha Tickets. An internal survey revealed that ‘Modi wave’ will not have any effect on BJP’s chances in Assembly but play a decisive role in Parliament elections.
An internal survey revealed that ‘Modi wave’ will not have any effect on BJP’s chances in Assembly but play a decisive role in Parliament elections.
The BJP, which appears to be riding high in the State and hopes that the ‘Modi mantra’ would make it win a good number of seats, is now facing a major problem as there is a huge rush of aspirants for Lok Sabha seats.
It has been widely reported that BJP Telangana unit president Kishan Reddy has been harbouring hopes of being a minister in Modi’s government and is likely to contest for Parliament. However, sources in BJP reveal that not only Kishan Reddy, all the top BJP leaders are making a beeline for Parliament tickets. These leaders include the likes of Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, Kambhampati Haribabu, Bandaru Dattatreya and UV Krishnam Raju and lateral entrants like D Purandeswari.
With the exception of Kambhampati Haribabu, all others had enjoyed ministries and are keen on becoming ministers again the Narendra Modi cabinet. The rush is due to an internal survey, which revealed that ‘Modi wave’ will not have any effect on the BJP’s chances in Assembly but will play a decisive role in Parliamentary elections.
According to the survey, though the people vote in favour of regional parties in Assembly polls, they are more than likely to vote for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections due to the ‘Modi wave’. This has prompted the leaders to opt for Parliament tickets with the hope of ruling the roost in Delhi. The unprecedented lobbying was said to be the reason for prolonged pre-poll alliance talks.
Former minister and actor UV Krishnam Raju, who quit BJP only to rejoin it six months earlier, met TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday and reportedly sought assurances from him that there are no candidates from TDP who are seeking Kakinada Parliament ticket. The survey report also made Vijayawada Parliament seat a bone of contention. BJP had promised lateral entrant D Purandeswari Vijayawada Lok Sabha ticket. However, TDP promised the same ticket to Kesineni Srinivas (Nani). Though BJP had planned to accommodate Purandeswari from Visakhapatnam, Seemandhra unit president Kambhampati Haribabu had expressed his desire to contest to Parliament and refused to contest to the Assembly.