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BJP's Uttar Pradesh list unlikely today

Kumar Uttam, Hindustan Times   March 13, 2014
First Published: 10:30 IST(13/3/2014) | Last Updated: 12:22 IST(13/3/2014)

After a lack of consensus on its list of candidates to be fielded from Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may stop short of taking the final call at the meeting of its Central Election Committee on Thursday.

The move follows the inability of senior party leaders to iron out differences on the names of key candidates at a string of late night meetings on Wednesday.

The delay in announcement of list of candidates from UP also means that confusion over Varanasi and Lucknow may continue for a while.

"The UP list is unlikely today. A consensus has not evolved on some issues. There will be another election committee meeting before Holi (March 17) and we expected to have a clarity by then," a senior BJP leader told HT.

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is seen as a possible candidate from Varanasi seat while party president Rajnath Singh wants to contest from Lucknow.

Sitting MPs from Varanasi and Lucknow, Murli Manohar Joshi and Lalji Tandon respectively, are, however, reluctant to make way for them.

BJP sources said the election committee would, however, decide on candidates for many other states including Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and others.

Key Modi aide and the party's general secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh, Amit Shah, met top RSS leaders on Wednesday night before the Gujarat chief minister takes the final call on the seats from where he will contest.

Senior leaders Sushma Swaraj and Joshi - who had raised a storm at the last election committee meeting - also held closed door meetings.

Singh also discussed the possible names with Arun Jaitley at Nitin Gadkari's residence to zero in on names, but an agreement could not be reached.

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