[pullquote]Significant names in BJP’s first list: Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi, Amit Shah instead of LK Advani from Gandhinagar, Smriti Irani to fight Rahul Gandhi again
Most ministers and sitting MPs have been retained[/pullquote]
New Delhi: The BJP released its first list of 184 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday. Predictably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting from Varanasi. A significant omission is that of party patriarch LK Advani. He will no longer fight from Gandhinagar after winning the seat on several occasions with the backing of Modi when the latter was the Gujarat chief minister. BJP president Amit Shah takes that seat to contest.
Senior BJP leader JP Nadda released the first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections at a press conference. He said a meeting of the BJP central election committee was held on 16, 19 and 20 March. There was a discussion on different states one by one. Prime Minister Modi and BJP president Shah participated in the meeting, Nadda told reporters.
Smriti Irani will contest from Amethi. She had caused a drastic fall in the victory margin of Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 election.
अमेठी से लोकसभा चुनाव लड़ने की ज़िम्मेदारी देने के लिए प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी, अध्यक्ष @AmitShah जी एवं संगठन के सभी वरिष्ठ नेताओं का धन्यवाद करती हूँ। अमेठी से कमल खिलाकर संसद में भाजपा को मज़बूत करना मेरे लिए गर्व की बात होगी।
— Chowkidar Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 21, 2019
The BJP has announced candidates from the states Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura.
सम्मानित गौतमबुद्ध नगर वासियो
आपकी आशाओं और आकांक्षाओं के अनुरूप, एक बार फिर भाजपा ने मुझे आपकी सेवा के लिए इस लोकसभा क्षेत्र से प्रत्याशी बनाया है| जिस तरह मैं पिछले 5 वर्षों से गौतमबुद्धनगर के विकास हेतु समर्पित रहा हूँ उसी तरह भविष्य में भी इस विकास यात्रा को अनवरत जारी रखूँगा pic.twitter.com/wl685CDRfm
— Chowkidar Dr. Mahesh Sharma (@dr_maheshsharma) March 21, 2019
Hema Malini gets Mathura again as Sakshi Maharaj is repeated from Unnao.
One Union minister who couldn’t make it was Krishna Raj. Arun Sagar is the BJP candidate from Shahjahanpur.
The names of candidates for five seats from Chhattisgarh have been declared. These include Baiduram Kashyap from Bastar.
Kiren Rijiju has been given the ticket from Arunachal East.
Prahalad Joshi has been nominated for Dharwad.
Kummanam Rajasekharan from Thiruvananthapuram will take on the Congress’s Shashi Tharoor.
Dr Jitendra Singh has been given the ticket from Jammu & Kashmir’s Udhampur.
Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda has been given the ticket for Kendrapara of Odisha.
P Radhakrishnan will contest from Kanyakumari.
Other important names are Gajendra Singh Shekhawat from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, Arjun Ram Meghwal from Bikaner and Dushyant Singh from Jhalawar. In the list of candidates for the Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan, a new name has emerged. For the Jhunjhunu seat, the BJP nominated Narendra Khichad while, for Ajmer, their candidate is Bhagirath Chaudhary.
Union minister Babul Supriyo will fight in Asansol again while West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh will contest from Medinipur. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grand-nephew Chandra Kumar Bose will contest from South Kolkata. Former top cop Bharati Ghosh, who had recently irked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee she was once close to, has got the BJP ticket for Ghatal.
Nadda said that the BJP has finalized the names of all 17 candidates of Bihar from Bihar and the list has been sent to the State unit, which will be announced with the coalition partners.
The Lok Sabha elections to be held in seven phases will start on 11 April and will run till 19 May. Counting will take place on 23 May.
The Lok Sabha election will take place across the country on these dates: 11, 18, 23 and 29 April, and 6, 12, and 19 May.