Patna, Sep 1 (IANS) The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) office here has been witnessing a huge rush of ticket aspirants, ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar.
Kumar Rahul Singh, Bihar's RJD General Secretary said: "We have asked every aspiring candidate to submit the application and resume at the party office. They are coming in large numbers. Sometimes, the figure touches the 600-mark. We are receiving applications since the last 10 days and the numbers are expected to go up in the coming days."
"The party has constituted a dedicated team to analyse each bio-data. The process of uploading the bio-data starts soon after the ticket seekers submit it to the party's state president Jagada Nand Singh. One copy is sent to Tejashvi Yadav and another goes to party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav," Singh said.
"We have ensured transparency in the selection of candidates. After shortlisting the names of the candidates, another team will cross check the claims of the ticket seekers on the ground by conducting a survey in their respective constituencies," the RJD General Secretary said.
"As per the parameters, the party looks at the popularity of the candidates, their activeness in their constituencies, past work for the party and on the social front, number of people added recently through digital methods," Singh said.
Sanjiv Sahay, Spokesperson of the RJD, pointed out that the large turnout of ticket seekers is also an indication of the RJD's popularity in the state.
"We already have a staggering one crore dedicated members and digital membership is currently underway to add maximum numbers of people in the party," Sahay said.
Ram Nivas, a ticket seeker from Benipatti constituency said: "I am associated with the party since the last 12 years and digitally added 40,000 people in the phase of corona. I have a team working round the clock to add more and more people. I came to Patna in the expectation of a ticket."
The RJD alliance partner Congress claims that 100 to 150 candidates are coming every day seeking a ticket.
Madan Mohan Jha, the state president of the Congress said: "We have parameters similar to the RJD. Tickets will be given to candidates having a good reputation, conduct and impressive popularity among voters."
"We will look at the strength of individual candidates and the number of people added by them digitally. It is important in the time of corona," Jha added.
Bihar has 243 Assembly constituencies and elections in the state are due in October-November as the tenure of the current Assembly is scheduled to end on November 29.