Party Re­sorts to Sur­veys to Home in on Right Can­di­dates

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Kr­ishna.Ku­mar @times­group.com

Mum­bai: Af­ter de­cid­ing to go it alone for the com­ing civic polls for the rich­est civic body in the coun­try – BMC -- the BJP has gone on a sur­vey spree to find out who has the best chance of win­ning from each of the 227 wards in Mum­bai. From CM Fad­navis to the lo­cal MLA, ev­ery­one is busy with sur­veys, try­ing to gauge the mood. BJP lead­ers said that Fad­navis him­self is con­duct­ing a sur­vey, so is city BJP chief Ashish She­lar, while the lo­cal MLA is also in­volved in a sur­vey. Be­sides, ‘in­tel­li­gence in­puts’ from the po­lice are also be­ing used to zero in on a can­di­dates. “We had de­manded 115 seats, but Sena said that we are fit for just 60, so we are do­ing what­ever we can to en­sure that we get close to 100,” said a city BJP leader who didn’t want to be named.

BJP lead­ers also ad­mit­ted that the sur­veys some­times did not agree on a par­tic­u­lar can­di­date. “Ob­vi­ously, the lo­cal MLA would have his or her rea­sons to se­lect a can­di­date. So, if their choices didn’t match, the CM de­cides on the can­di­date,” said a state BJP leader.

Fad­navis had al­ready held four meet­ings with party lead­ers af­ter the Sena and BJP parted ways. The party ini­tially was to have just two sur­veys, but Fad­navis isn’t tak­ing any chances, given the high stakes in­volved.

The sur­veys are also be­ing cited as a rea­son why the party has poached and given tick­ets to so many can­di­dates from other par­ties. “If the sur­veys show that a cer­tain can­di­date has the best chance of win­ning, and if he is from some other party but wants to join us, then there’s no harm in giv­ing him a ticket,” said an­other leader.

Sur­veys are be­ing con­ducted by Fad­navis, Ashish She­lar & lo­cal MLA while in­puts from po­lice are also be­ing used

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