2019 polls: BJP be­gins screen­ing its MPS, many may not make the cut

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­mar Ut­tam

NEW DELHI: Sev­eral sit­ting mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MPS) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may not make the cut when the party picks can­di­dates for the next par­lia­men­tary elec­tions due in 2019, two party lead­ers fa­mil­iar with the devel­op­ment said, putting this pro­por­tion at over 15%.

The two lead­ers, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, ex­plained that this is, in part, be­cause the party has de­cided to use a mul­tipronged strat­egy, in­clud­ing crowd sourc­ing feed­back on its sit­ting mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, to de­cide its slate of can­di­dates.

Last month, a sur­vey was started on the Namo App, the mo­bile app of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, to elicit pub­lic feed­back on how peo­ple rated their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive such as Lok Sabha mem­bers, one of the two said.

The data is be­ing stored and will be shared in­ter­nally at the op­por­tune mo­ment, he said.

“This is just one of the many ex­er­cises that will be un­der­taken in the run-up to the next Lok Sabha elec­tion to se­lect the best can­di­dates,” the sec­ond leader said.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s gov­er­nance strat­egy de­pends a lot on crowd sourc­ing, the sec­ond leader said.

“He so­lic­its responses on wel­fare schemes, other gov­ern­ment pro­grammes and even sub­jects that peo­ple would want to hear from the prime min­is­ter on his monthly ra­dio pro­gramme,” the per­son said.

But this will be just one in­put in the ap­proach the party will adopt for pick­ing can­di­dates.

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