For Assembly elections in 2017, after announcing more than 153 candidates for SP, Mulayam Singh Yadav, national president has decided to have a “confidential” survey carried out to confirm “wining potential” of party’s sitting MLAs and candidates declared in 2012 for the party seats.
According to the Sources, 36 MLCs who are loyalists that are known to Mulayam and Akhilesh Yadav have been given the responsibility to conduct survey across the 403 constituencies in 18 divisional units.In the next 15 days, these MLCs will visit there respective constituencies and submit their report to Mulayam.
MLCs will communicate with local workers and the public to find out the “image” they have of the SP’s candidate,his activities, movement in the field , his winning potential based on “area’s caste equations” and the “existing political scenario”.
An MLC whose part of the group said that in all constituencies at the base level they will have to do an analysis of situation of the party. Similarly the surveys in sitting MLAs constituencies will also be done, as there are reports that few MLAs could lose because among the public they have lack of presence or because since Lok Sabha elections in 2014, political and social equations have been changed.
He added that they are required for the local organisational units to submit the reports. They will also have to report if the local organisations are not functioning properly and whether this can affect opportunities of winning of the candidates. Coordination among the, MLAs,candidates and organisational units will also be checked.
He further added that if the survey gives up an “adverse” report, the localorganisational units and the candidates can be changed, in order to ensure that the SP does not have any loss in the elections due to the “weakness” or “lack of coordination” between the two.
A senior office-bearer told The Indian Express said that the SP may deny tickets to some sitting MLAs as feedback about them was “not satisfactory”. “But cancellation of their candidature would be announced only after the upcoming Assembly session in which the government has to get supplementary budget passed for the current fiscal,” said a senior cabinet minister.
The first list of 142 candidates in March was released by the party this year. In the 2012 elections, candidates were announced for the seats that SP had lost. 85 new names were included in the list and rest were those who had contested in 2012 from the same seats but lost. SP had announced candidates for 11 more seats later on. Presently it has 229 MLAs in the state.
In order to ensure a correct survey report, 36 MLCs have been given the responsibility of those constituencies that do not belong to their home districts.
Rajendra Chaudhary, spokesperson said that the party has decentralised the responsibilities of fields and different tasks were being assigned to ministers, MLAs, MLCs and Zila Panchayat members as part of the election preparations.
On 9th July, Mulayam had arranged a meeting of all 64 MLCs and 63 Zila Panchayat chairmen at the SP’s state headquarters.In that meeting, Mulayam will give suggestions and directions to them related to the preparations for the upcoming assembly elections next year.