Pvt agencies have been hired by both the state & central leadership to find out the popularity, image and association with the BJP.
New Delhi: The Delhi BJP has started surveys to pick candidates for municipal polls in the city, which will continue for five days. The state unit has zeroed in on four names in each ward. Surveyors has been entrusted duties to check the support system of these shortlisted candidates in their area.
According to a party insider, after the party announced that the sitting councillors will be given a chance to contest the civic polls, large number of BJP workers submitted application to get ticket to contest the April 23 polls.
“Over 33 thousand BJP workers had applied for tickets for 272 municipal wards. In the first stage, the party has shortlisted 15 candidates in each ward. After deliberation and discussion, four candidates have been shortlisted and one among them will be given ticket,” he said.
To check the winnability of the four shortlisted candidates in each ward, party’s Central and state leadership are conducting separate survey. “Private agencies have been hired by both the state and central leadership to find out the popularity, image, association with the BJP, and chance of winning the civic polls by the surveyor of the private agency. It has been started and the report will be submitted to party leadership by Monday,” he added.
The surveyor will contact resident welfare association, market associations, and individuals to get feedback against these four shortlisted candidates. “Survey agency has been hired from outside Delhi to make the whole exercise transparent and fair. Survey is going on in wards and ticket seekers have no idea about it,” said a BJP leader.
After going through all the application and upon consultation, core committee members, seven Lok Sabha members, districts and mandal presidents selected 15 ticket aspirants in each wards. Four candidates were shortlisted among seven LS members and core committee and their names were given to the survey agency to find out the public mood.
A senior party leader said that based on the survey report’s findings, it will be decided who will be given the ticket.
“The election committee, which will be announced in a couple of days after party president Amit Shah addresses the party workers at the Ramlila Maidan, will select the candidate after proper deliberation on survey report,” he added.