The ruling Congress party may deny nominations to a large number of its sitting lawmakers during the forthcoming Delhi assembly elections.
The party, with independent inputs, has identified nearly two dozen lawmakers, including two ministers in the Sheila Dikshit Cabinet, who stand little chance of retaining their seats when elections are held in November-December this year.
The strategy being prepared is part of its plan to win a third consecutive term in view of a resurgent Bharatiya Janata Party, which is confident of dislodging the Congress party from power in the state assembly.
The BJP’s performance in last year’s municipal polls, when it won 168 out of 272 seats in the Delhi Municipal Corporation, is a major cause of concern for the Congress party’s strategists. Based on an internal survey conducted by a Hyderabad-based company, the central leadership has already told its state unit to prepare mentally those who would be denied nomination.
The survey has suggested that the best way to beat the anti-incumbency factor is to deny nominations to about 24 out of its 47 lawmakers since they have failed to perform.