Taking the high polling percentage as a clear sign of anti-incumbency, the exuberant BJP leadership has called its division-wise meeting of party candidates and district presidents on Tuesday.
The meeting aims to act as a reality check from candidates and district heads about party’s performance in their areas and have a realistic tally of seats BJP’s clinched before the Election Commission declares the outcome on December 8.
BJP state chief Vasundhara Raje, national secretary Bhudendra Yadav, leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria and other leaders will have one-on-one interactions with leaders and candidates from Bikaner, Bharatpur, Kota and Ajmer divisions — areas that hold hope for the BJP.
“We are clearly emerging as single largest party in the House. More and more people voted for Modi. This is evident from the high voting percentage. Interaction with leaders is taking place to know the ground reality and their experience in the elections,” a senior BJP leader told dna.
Leaders informed that besides feedback, party will also train candidates in their while the counting is on. Another important objective will be to tally the expense sheets of the party and the candidate that will be given to the Election Commission (EC).
“Two types of expenditure reports have to be submitted to the EC. One report shows the expenditure done by candidate in the elections, while the other report is the expenditure done by party in the constituencies where it had fielded its candidates. To avoid repetition, senior leaders will tally the information so that correct report can submitted to the EC,” said a senior BJP leader.
This is perhaps the only reason why convener and co-convener of the Chartered Accountancy Cell, Rajesh Mangal and RP Vijay, have been included in the interaction session. State in-charge Kaptan Singh and leaders like V Satish will remain missing from this meeting.
Just a day after polling for the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, the Congress summoned all its candidates at party headquarters to take a stock of the situation. Senior leaders, including chief minister Ashok Gehlot, PCC chief Chandrabhan, state in-charge Gurudas Kamat and Congress leader CP Joshi will hold one-on-one meetings with the candidates. The two-day exercise is being conducted to get the math right for the party to retain power in state.
However, chief minter Ashok Gehlot has already taken a detailed report as to who is wining and who is trailing in all the 199 constituencies that went to polls on Sunday, sources said.
The work in this regard was done at his level and the report was with him by Sunday evening, a reliably placed Congress official said. The interaction with all the 199 candidates will only cross-check Gehlot’s report and also the strength and weakness of the candidates will also come out in the party forum, the source added.
“This interaction will certainly decide the future course of action for the party. The exact position, like how many MLAs are winning, how short we may fall of forming the government will be discussed in the meet,” a Congress candidate summoned for the meeting on Monday told dna.
Sources in the party informed dna that a detailed report of this interaction will be sent to the party high command, which had laid down specific guidelines for distribution of tickets. “The new candidates will also be guided on their role on the day of counting. They would be told about what things they should take care on that day,” said a senior Congress candidate. Interestingly PCC chief Chandrabhan who will be one among those interacting with candidates has also contested election from Mandawa, where chances of his winning are seen very grim. What report and feedback the PCC chief give to the CM will be quite interesting to watch on Tuesday when all the 199 Congress candidates meet.