BJP likely to elect its state president by November-end

The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to elect its president, for next three years, in the last week of this month. The party has completed elections of members of state council and district presidents in more than 50 per cent districts, which is the mandatory condition for election of the state president. These elected members of party's state council will elect the new state president.

The state election in-charge and vice-president Swatantra Dev Singh said that he had sent the list of the elected district presidents and members of the state council to national election in-charge Thawar Chand Gehlot.

Gehlot told The Indian Express: "Organisation elections have been completed in 51 districts of UP and I will declare the date for election of the state president very soon. It may be held in November last week in Lucknow." If there are more than one candidate in the fray, voting would be held.

Members of the state council vote in the state president's election. One state council member is elected from every Assembly constituency. The party's central leadership will depute a leader as election officer to conduct the election. Party sources said that the incumbent state president Laxmikant Bajpai could be the strongest contestant. Bajpai had taken over the reins of the state BJP after Surya Pratap Shahi's resignation following the party's poor show in the Assembly elections. Bajpai's term was till the next organisational elections, which are now on. Under Bajpai, the BJP's performance improved in the recent local body elections. Besides, Bajpai also had support from workers because he took the initiative to give an opportunity to ground level workers to elect their representatives in ward, mandal and district units.

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