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BJP likely to release list of Lok Sabha candidates for UP today, PM Modi to contest from Varanasi

As we wait for the Bharatiya Janata Party to release its list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand, check the list of probable candidates here.

India TV Politics Desk India TV Politics Desk
New Delhi Updated on: March 20, 2019 7:35 IST
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BJP likely to release of list of Lok Sabha candidates for UP today, PM Modi to contest from Varanasi

The BJP's central election committee on Tuesday met to deliberate upon the names of party's candidates in various states for the Lok Sabha elections, mainly for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chhttisgarh. The meeting ended late on Tuesday night and is likely to resume today. 

This is the second meeting of the BJP's CEC, which includes party chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP had almost finalised its candidates for seven northeastern states, Bihar, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in an earlier meeting.

Also read | BJP CEC meets to finalise candidate list, announcement likely on Wednesday

The party CEC is likely to announce the list of candidates today, but sources have revealed names of 24 probable candidates: 

Uttar Pradesh: 

VVIP seats: 

Varanasi - Narendra Modi

Lucknow - Rajnath Singh 
Amethi - Smiriti Irani
Mathura - Hema Malini 
Noida - Mahesh Sharma 

India Tv - The candidates for VVIP seats, along with PM Modi, have been finalised: Sources

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The candidates for VVIP seats, along with PM Modi, have been finalised: Sources

Other probable candidates: 

Kanpur - Satish Mahana
Gazipur - Manoj Sinha
Bagpat - Satyapal Singh 
Chandauli - Mahendra Pandey 
Bareily - Santosh Gangvar 
Ghaziabad - VK Singh 

According to sources, BJP CEC may not field the same candidates on 18 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

Chhattisgarh: 

According to sources, the Chhattisgarh unit has request party CEC to change candidates to all 11 seats. The new candidates are likely to be:

Rajnandgaon - Raman Singh
Raipur - Brijmohan Agrawal
Durg - Prem Prakash Pandey
Bilaspur - Amar Agarwal

Uttarakhand:

Nainital - Ajay Bhatt 
Pauri - Tirath Singh Rawat 
Haridwar - Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank 
Almora - Ajay Tamta 
Tihri Garhwal - Mala Rajlakshmi 

Maharashtra: 

Nagpur - Nitin Gadkari 
Mumbai North - Poonam Mahajan
Mumbai Northeast - Kirit Somaiya

Bihar: 

Patna Sahib - Ravi Shankar Prasad 
Arrah - RK Singh
Buxar - Ashwini Choubey
Patna Rural - Ram Kripal Yadav
Saran - Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Bettiah - Sanajy Jaiswal

Also read | Ravi Shankar Prasad may contest from Patna

Who are not contesting elections: 

Key BJP faces not fighting Lok Sabha elections include: 

LK Advani: Advani's son- will be fielded from his traditional bastion 
Murli Manohar Joshi: The 85-year-old BJP veteran has told party that he will not contest elections. His seat Kanpur will go to Satish Mahana
Sushma Swaraj: One of the most revered Union ministers of the Modi cabinet had announced last year that she will end her political career after this term due to ill health
Amit Shah: Rajya Sabha MP Amit Shah has decided not to contest Lok Sabha elections and focus of managing campaigns for the party.

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