The saffron party faces financial crunch ahead of assembly polls yet to declare names of candidates who will contest election.
Even though the Election Commission has announced the dates for the Maharashtra assembly election but BJP is yet to declare the name of a single candidate who will contest polls. The 288 assembly constituencies in the state will go to polls on October 15 but the saffron prepared looks unprepared for it. According to sources, the BJP led Mahayuti alliance is yet to finalise the seat sharing issue as smaller parties like RPI (A), Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana have been demanding larger share of seats. Since the party had spent a lumpsum amount of money campaigning for the Lok Sabha election hence it is facing shortage of funds. BJP is keen to raise funds for campaigning purposes.
Amit Shah BJP’s national party president asked the party to raise funds through ticket distribution. According to sources, the saffron party will be issuing tickets to those candidates who arrange funds for contesting the election.
Vinod Tawde, BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council said, “Till now only the election dates have been declared wait for some time our party will declare the names of the candidates.”
When asked whether BJP will only issue tickets to the rich candidates, he replied, “Only party workers will be fielded as candidates for contesting election.”
Gopal Shetty, BJP MP said, “Not only BJP but none of the political parties have declared their candidates. As far as fielding rich candidates are concerned, if the party can issue ticket to an ordinary person like Gopal Shetty, then the question of fielding rich candidates does not arise.”
BJP spokesperson Shaina NC while accepting that there is a financial crisis said that there is nothing new in this for any political party. She said, “Every party faces financial crunch while contesting election.”
If BJP delays to declare the names of candidates to contest election then aspiring candidates will be left with little time to campaign for polls. Many of them are now anxious about their political career.
After the demise of Gopinath Munde the BJP lacks an able leader to fill his shoes. On the other hand, even though Amit Shah had played a vital role in turning the fortunes of the party in Uttar Pradesh during Lok Sabha election but he is unaware of the political situation prevalent in Maharasthra. To make matters worse, the lacklustre performance of the BJP in the bye-elections of Bihar, Uttarkhand, Karnataka has turned out to be huge setback for the party. The party workers are not sure whether BJP will be able to replicate the success achieved by it in Lok Sabha election in assembly polls.
The Maharashtra assembly election is a real test for the party as it’s results will reveal whether the Modi wave continues to exist.