Bhopal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), prior to ticket distribution, is starting a two-day exercise from Tuesday, to seek opinion from its leaders in all districts across the state. Two leaders in each district are being sent for seeking opinion. These leaders will first hold group meeting with key leaders of every constituency. A proforma would be filled and concealed in a closed envelope.
These observers would interact with around 100 leaders in each constituency. Opinion from the MPs, MLAs, district presidents, national-level office bearers, from state-level office bearers to Mandal-level leaders of a constituency would be sought. The proforma for seeking opinion includes space for mentioning name of the leader, his responsibilities and names of three candidates in order of preference, according to his/her choice.
The leaders assigned the task of seeking opinion may speak to people but they have to submit their opinion on ticket distribution in writing only. The exercise is an attempt of the BJP to satisfy its leaders so that the contenders should not throng the state office.
The leaders of the state election committee would contemplate on the outcome of the exercise and the announcement of party candidates would be announced after the meeting of central election committee. Though, the exercise is said to be a formality before ticket distribution. Sources said a similar exercise was done in 2013 assembly polls, but the names that come up were simply ignored.
Ministers, MLAs, other leaders put on duty
Ministers including Umashankar Gupta, Archana Chitnis, Vishwas Sarang, Antar Singh Arya, Surendra Patwa, Bhupendra Singh, Jaibhan Singh Pavaiya, Gaurishankar Shejwar, Rajendra Shukla, Jayant Mallaiya, Paras Jain, Lal Singh Arya and Gopal Bhargava are being sent for seeking opinion. Besides, MLAs and state-level office bearers have also been deputed.