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Modi to contest from one seat in Gujarat

PTI  Ahmedabad, March 13, 2014
First Published: 17:23 IST(13/3/2014) | Last Updated: 17:33 IST(13/3/2014)
Gujarat BJP on Thursday announced that chief minister Narendra Modi will contest elections from one seat in the state, without ruling out the possibility that he may fight on a second seat from Uttar Pradesh.
"I can definitely say that Modiji will fight elections from one seat in Gujarat," state BJP general secretary Vijay Rupani told reporters here.
"There has been a clamour to invite Narendra Modi to fight elections from four main cities of the state--Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat. Our party workers wish that he should contest from Gujarat," Rupani said.
"Our (state BJP) parliamentary board had met over the last four days in which it was finalised that Modi would contest from one seat in Gujarat," he said, adding that the decision on which seat he will contest is yet to be taken.
When asked if Modi will also contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP leader said, "I do not know anything about that seat, but it will be decided by our central parliamentary board."
There has been lot of confusion on from which seat Modi will enter the poll fray. Senior BJP leader MM Joshi, who represents Varanasi, is said to be reluctant to vacate the seat for Modi.
The BJP's prime ministerial candidate is at present in Delhi to attend the meetings of central parliamentary board and central election committee. However, state party leaders said that candidates for Gujarat seats will not be discussed in those meetings today.
To a question on whether party veteran LK Advani will be contesting from Gandhinagar, from where he holds the seat for five terms, Rupani said, "The central parliamentary board will decide about it."
"We have not finalised panel of names for the Lok Sabha seats in the first round of meeting of parliamentary board. We will sit again after Holi festival to do that," he said.
BJP Gujarat unit's parliamentary board had met on Sunday, Tuesday and yesterday at the residence of Modi, in his presence.
"Our (state) parliamentary board is likely to meet again to finalise the names of panels of candidates for the 26 Lok Sabha seats," state BJP spokesperson Harsad Patel said.

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