Jaswant Singh, Mahesh Jethmalani figure in BJP list
Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh will contest from Darjeeling while eminent lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani is in the fray against actor Sunil Dutt’s daughter and sitting MP Priya Dutt in the Mumbai North-Central constituency.delhi Updated: Apr 03, 2009 21:21 IST
Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh will contest from Darjeeling while eminent lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani is in the fray against actor Sunil Dutt’s daughter and sitting MP Priya Dutt in the Mumbai North-Central constituency.
The party on Friday made an announcement to this effect when it declared names of four Lok Sabha candidates.
BJP made Jaswant Singh, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha as the contestant from Darjeeling after consultations with the party’s new ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha during a meeting with its senior leader L K Advani on Thursday evening.
“We are fielding Singh, a former army personnel, from Darjeeling to send across a message that we are serious about dealing with the Maoist insurgency on the West Bengal-Nepal border,” a BJP MP told PTI. GJM has pledged its support.
The BJP manifesto released on Friday also promised a sympathetic hearing to the GJM demands including formation of a new state in the Darjeeling and Doar region of the state.
Meanwhile, late Pramod Mahajan’s daughter Poonam Mahajan has been ruled out as a contestant with the announcement of Jethmalani as the BJP candidate against Dutt from Mumbai North Central. There were reports earlier that BJP wanted to field Mahajan against Dutt.
Former Mahila Morcha chief Kantatai Nalavade will take on NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Surpiya Sule in Baramati, which is Pawar’s pocketborough. Jagannath Patil, a former minister, will be the BJP candidate from Bhiwandi.