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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: BJP releases first list of 195 candidates, PM Modi to contest from Varanasi again

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Sheenu Sharma Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu New Delhi Updated on: March 03, 2024 0:05 IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2024: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced the first list of candidates ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 today (March 2). Prime Minister Narendra Modi will once again contest from Varanasi. BJP addressed the presser at the party headquarters in the national capital on Saturday.

PM Modi to contest Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, announced BJP National General Secretary Vinod Tawde today. BJP announced candidates on 51 seats from Uttar Pradesh, 20 from West Bengal, 24 from Madhya Pradesh, 15 each from Gujarat and Rajasthan, 12 from Kerala, 9 seats from Telangana, 11 from Assam, 11 each from Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, 5 from Delhi, 2 from J&K, 3 from Uttarakhand, 2 from Arunachal Pradesh and 1 each from Goa, Tripura, Andaman & Nicobar and Daman & Diu.

PM Modi on BJP's 1st list of candidates

"Our Party has announced candidates for some of the seats and will be announcing the rest in the coming days. I congratulate all those who have been nominated as our Party’s candidates and wish them the very best. We are going to the people on the basis of our track record of good governance and ensuring the fruits of progress reach the poorest of the poor," PM Modi said. 

"The list includes details regarding 34 Central Ministers and MoSs. It also included the name of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and two former CMs as well. 28 of these candidates are women. 47 candidates are under the age of 50. The list also has 27 SC candidates and 18 ST candidates. We are fielding 57 OBC candidates out of these 195," said Vinod Tawade. 

BJP repeated Kiren Rijiju, Tapir Gao from two Arunachal Pradesh seats for Lok Sabha polls. Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri Swaraj to contest from New Delhi constituency. Amit Shah to contest from Gujarat's Gandhinagar again. 

BJP National General Secretary Vinod Tawde said, "Under the leadership of PM Modi various public interest decisions have been taken in the last 10 years. This time the Sankalp should be BJP 370 and NDA 400 'par'". 

Dropped candidates

Ramesh Bidhuri, Parvesh Verma, Meenakshi Lehi, Harsh Vardhan dropped from Delhi Lok Sabha seats and Sadhvi Pragya Thakur dropped from Bhopal.

"In the recent past, names have come to the Center after the opinion poll in the state, after discussion on which, 195 seats out of 16 states and two union territories were finalized in the last Central Election Committee meeting," said Vinod Tawade. 

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