justify that the choice of candidates was governed by winnability and the need to balance social groups. “There are only about 7 per cent Thakurs in Barmer while Jats constitute 25 per cent of Jaswant Singh’s constituency,” said a party leader.
However, that logic does not hold in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh. The tickets to Jagdambika Pal (Domariyaganj), Kirti Vardhan Singh (Gonda) and Brijbhushan Sharan Singh (Kaiserganj), state leaders said, could rub backward communities the wrong way.
Moreover, in some cases, the beneficiaries are complete greenhorns, fielded from vital seats, including former Army chief Gen V K Singh (Ghaziabad), former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh (Baghpat), former home secretary R K Singh (Ara) and actor Paresh Rawal (Ahmedabad East).
In West Bengal, several from the entertainment industry have got tickets.