The state unit believes that if the Gujarat strongman contests from Uttar Pradesh, which sends the highest number of members — 80 — to the Lok Sabha, it would enthuse voters and add to party’s tally.
“We expect to do very well in these four seats; Lucknow and Varanasi already have BJP MPs,” a party leader told HT on condition of anonymity.
In 2009, the BJP narrowly lost the Gautam Buddha Nagar, which shares borders with Delhi, and Kanpur seats to the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress, respectively.
Senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon is the Lucknow MP and Murli Manohar Joshi represents Varanasi in the Lok Sabha. Tandon, it is learnt, is keen that Modi picks Lucknow, as former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee represented the prestigious constituency from 1989 to 2009.
The buzz, however, is Modi will fight election from two seats, including one from his home state of Gujarat, where he is serving third successive term as the CM.