Brainstorming to finalize BJP candidates started on Thursday with the social gathering’s Central Election Committee (CEC) assembly on the upcoming meeting polls in West Bengal and Assam. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, House Minister Amit Shah and social gathering president JP Nadda huddled together with different members of the social gathering’s committee.
The members held deliberations on the BJP headquarters on Thursday. In the meantime, the social gathering sources advised PTI that the CEC might clear the names of the candidates for a lot of the seats within the two states the place elections shall be held within the first two phases on March 27 and April 1. Whereas the third and final part of polling in Assam shall be held on April 6, West Bengal is scheduled to bear elections in eight phases ending on April 29.
The direct struggle between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her former confidant, now BJP chief Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram seat shall be one of many high-profile contests within the high-stakes Bengal polls.
In line with sources, the BJP CEC might meet once more on Friday.
Polling in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will happen in a single part on April 6.
The BJP has excessive stakes in West Bengal and Assam. In Bengal, it has mounted an aggressive, all-out marketing campaign, deploying quite a few leaders drawn from numerous states and thought of adept in ballot campaigning, to finish the 10-year-old reign of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
In Assam, the place the social gathering got here to energy for the primary time in 2016, the BJP has been pulling out all of the stops to retain energy, with the Congress becoming a member of fingers with regional events to seize its outdated bastion.
Earlier than the CEC assembly, high BJP leaders like Shah and Nadda have held lengthy deliberations with Assam social gathering leaders, together with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, and people from Bengal, together with state social gathering chief Dilip Ghosh.