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Dehradun (Uttarakhand): Ahead of the Assembly elections in Uttarakhand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly decided to form teams under the leadership of its seven MPs in the state to reduce the possible rebellion in Uttarakhand after witnessing a bunch of resignations in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
"After the distribution of tickets, the BJP has decided to form teams under the leadership of all its seven MPs to reduce the possible rebellion and damage control," party sources told ANI.
"These teams will be activated even before the announcement of tickets. In the core group meeting held in Dehradun on Saturday, party veterans have also deliberated deeply on the circumstances arising after ticket distribution," sources said.
BJP's core committee member, on the condition of anonymity, said that along with many sitting MLAs, some claimants can adopt a rebellious attitude if they do not get tickets. "The party also fears that if the rebels contest, they will be authorized in the election. It can be difficult for the candidates," the member said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Saturday said that he will contest the upcoming Assembly polls in the state from the Khatima constituency and said that the list of candidates will be announced soon. "I will contest the election from the Khatima constituency. We all are together and ready to contest polls. The candidates' list will be announced soon," he said.
The Chief Minister added that they have set a target of winning more than 60 seats out of the 70 seats in the Assembly through the slogan "Abki Baar 60 Paar". "This time, we have given a slogan 'Abki Baar 60 Paar'," he said.
Polls to elect the 70-member state legislative assembly are scheduled to be held on February 14. The counting will take place on March 10.