New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has released its first list of 182 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections that begin from April 11 and end on May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23. The list was announced by union health minister JP Nadda, reports Hindustan Times.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest from Varanasi, while BJP president Amit Shah will contest from Gandhinagar. Union home minister Rajnath Singh will contest the elections from Lucknow with Nitin Gadkari contesting from Nagpur.VK Singh will contest from Ghaziabad, Hema Malini from Mathura, Sakshi Maharaj from Unnao, and Smriti Irani from Amethi
The party is expected to announce nearly 250 names. The list is likely to cover 22 states in the list including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Karnataka among others.
The list has been finalised after a series of meetings of the BJP’s central election committee in which intense deliberations were held on which candidates to field from which constituency for the April-May Lok Sabha elections.
Among those who have been regulars at these meetings are PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Home minister Rajnath Singh, Finance minister Arun Jaitley, External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj
and other senior leaders of the party.
A BJP leader had earlier said that the party would give tickets to only those candidates who “have good chances of winning”.The BJP election panel has called another meeting on Friday to discuss the pending names from different states and make a formal announcement.
Earlier in the day, the BJP released a list of 17 candidates for the assembly elections in two states - six for Arunachal Pradesh and 11 for Sikkim.
The Congress has so far announced the names of nearly 140 candidates in six lists for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.