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BJP may decide on Modi, Advani candidature today

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 19, 2014
First Published: 12:37 IST(19/3/2014) | Last Updated: 14:39 IST(19/3/2014)

Weeks before the Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to finalise the second seat for its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and also announce the seat from which senior leader LK Advani will contest in the Central Election Committee meeting on Wednesday.

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According to PTI, while Advani is likely to be fielded again from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, Modi could choose to contest from either Baroda or Ahmedabad East.

Reports said on Wednesday Modi called Advani in the morning and urged him to contest from Gandhinagar seat amid speculations the senior leader could contest the general elections from Bhopal rather than from Gandhinagar.

The Gujarat unit of BJP has sent only Advani's name for Gandhinagar while it has strongly recommended Modi should contest from his home state (apart from Varanasi) as well because it is the "wish and demand of the people of Gujarat as well as party workers."

Advani, 87, has been the sitting MP from Gandhinagar for the last 16 years straight. Speculation about his shift to Bhopal has gained ground ever since the BJP did not announce a candidate for that seat when it released its list for Madhya Pradesh.

The decision to make recommendations about Modi and Advani, besides other seats in Gujarat, to the party's central leadership was taken by the state parliamentary board, which met in Gandhinagar Tuesday at Modi's residence.

"Out of the 26 seats of the state, we have finalised panel of three names (each) for 25 seats, barring only one constituency of Gandhinagar. On the Gandhinagar seat we have recommended party leader LK Advaniji," state BJP general secretary Vijay Rupani said.

The party's CEC will also decide upon the list of candidates for Rajasthan and the remaining seats of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The saffron party had on Saturday announced Modi would contest the Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh after sitting parliamentarian Murli Manohar Joshi gave in to the pressure from top leadership. 
 
The BJP's poll committee had finalised its fourth list of 98 candidates from 12 states, including UP, at a marathon meeting of top leaders in New Delhi.

(With PTI inputs)


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