Speculations are rife that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has finalised six out of 14 candidates to represent Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand. But till now, the BJP has not officially announced its candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in the state.
On Thursday, insiders from the party told HT that experienced leader Ram Tahal Choudhary will contest the elections from Ranchi. Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha from Hazaribagh, party president Ravindra Rai from Koderma, PN Singh from Dhanbad and Nishikant Dubey from Godda are likely to be nominated as candidates for the LS polls, sources said.
Meanwhile, other trusted sources informed that former DGP VD Ram and party’s national committee member Louis Marandi are likely to contest from Daltonganj and Dumka respectively.
State party president Rai had contested Lok Sabha from Giridih in 2009. However, party insiders claim that this year he will contest elections from Koderma.
The BJP in Jharkhand has preponed the announcement of candidates for Lok Sabha elections. The party had earlier decided to announce its candidates on March 13, however, after declaration of the election dates on Wednesday; the candidates may get announced by March 8.
Party members said the candidates would be declared after the election committee of the saffron brigade sits for a meeting likely to be called on Friday.
“The official declaration of the candidates would be done only after the meeting,” said BJP media in-charge Sanwar Agarwal.
On Thursday, BJP workers from Jharkhand attended a meeting of east zone party units in Kolkata chaired by senior leader Venkaiah Naidu. In the daylong meeting, the party workers from the state were assigned different roles in their respective areas for the elections.