Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP releases first list of 184 names, PM to contest from Varanasi
Among the contestants who found their names on the list were party president Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, Rajnath Singh from Lucknow and Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur.Updated: Mar 21, 2019 20:02 IST
Making a formal start to the polling process, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday announced the first list of contenders for the Lok Sabha elections that will begin on April 11 and conclude on May 19. The names of 184 candidates were declared.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi under whose leadership the party is seeking re-election at the centre will contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh where he is the incumbent MP from.
Among the contestants who found their names on the list were party president Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, Rajnath Singh from Lucknow and Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur.
Announcing the list Union health minister JP Nadda said the names were decided at a meeting of the BJP’s central election committee on March 16 and 19.
The party has also issued a list of contestants for the 175-member assembly in Andhra Pradesh. The state has 25 Lok Sabha constituencies. Arunachal Pradesh has 2, Maharashtra has 48, Bihar 40, Uttarakhand 5, Assam 14, Manipur 2, Tripura 2, Kerala 20, Telangana 17, Jammu and Kashmir 6, Andaman and Nicobar 1.
First Published: Mar 21, 2019 19:54 IST