Tribune News Service
New Delhi, March 21
The BJP on Thursday fielded Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi constituency and its president Amit Shah from Gandhinagar in place of LK Advani as it announced its first list of 184 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will again be contesting from Varanasi. Party chief Amit Shah will, however, replace veteran leader and member of the margdarshak committee LK Advani in Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
The BJP announced candidates from 20 states and so far it seems that quite a few candidates from Uttar Pradesh have been retained.
The 91-year-old, Advani, has won Gandhinagar for five consecutive terms. It is unlikely that Advani will be fielded from some other constituency. This also means curtains for the senior leader who had a long and distinguished career, leading the BJP from a party of two members to the centre stage.
As per BJP leaders, there could not be a better way out for Advani, being replaced by none other than Amit Shah.
It is surprising though that Shah, who BJP leaders earlier said was going to remain the backroom strategist, will be contesting the Lok Sabha for the first time.
In Uttar Pradesh, Sakshi Maharaj will contest from Unnao and Sanjeev Balyan from Muzaffarnagar.
In the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP announced candidates for the five Lok Sabha seats. Khalid Jahangir will contest from Srinagar while Jugal Kishore Sharma has been given ticket from Jammu. Dr Jitendra Singh will contest from Udhampur and from Baramulla MM War will be the party candidate. In Anantnag, Sofi Youssaf has been given the ticket.
Newly-inducted BJD member Jay Panda will contest from Kendrapada.
In Bikaner, Union Minister Arjun Meghwal will contest and from Jaipur Rural Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Dushyant Singh from Jhalawar.
Nadda said the states were discussed one by one in three meetings.
In a surprising move the BJP chose today evening to announce the names. Sources say that apart from the fact that time was running out for the first two phases, the BJP appears to have also taken other considerations, perhaps astrological, while choosing the day and date to announce the first list.
The BJP conducted surveys at the grassroots to decide the names of candidates to determine winnability factor of each and every candidate.
The winnability factor was determined on the basis of feedback on their response to the various central schemes, personal popularity and caste combinations.
Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23.
The polling will be held on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19 for 543 Lok Sabha seats across the country in which nearly 90 crore voters would be eligible to vote.
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