BJP's Lalji Tandon to contest from Lucknow
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's protégé Lalji Tandon was on Friday declared as BJP's candidate for the Lok Sabha polls from the Lucknow constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister and sitting MP from Lucknow, was called on by party chief Rajnath Singh before he announced the seat, according to BJP sources.
"Lalji Tandon would be the party's candidate from Lucknow seat," Singh said in a statement released from the party headquarters.
BJP had earlier made it clear that any announcement on a candidate form Vajpayee's sitting seat would only be taken as per the choice of the former Prime Minister.
Tandon, who has long been constituency in-charge for Vajpayee, became minister in Kalyan Singh government and was later appointed urban development minister in the Maywati regime of the BJP-BSP alliance.
The UP leader was in news prior to the 2004 Lok Sabha polls when a stampede killed more 20 people on his birthday function while distributing sarees to the "poor".
Tandon was also named in an FIR by the Election Commission for a controversial CD during the 2007 assembly polls in UP.