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BJP forms 3- member panel to shortlist candidates in Bihar

The committee includes state BJP president Nityanand Rai, deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and state’s agriculture minister Prem Kumar.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 15, 2019 08:29 IST
Vijay Swaroop
Vijay Swaroop
Hindustan Times, Patna
BJP leaders (R to L) union minister Ashwani chaubey, Dy CM Shushil Mody BJP chief Nitiyanand Rai Incharge Bihar BJP Bhupender Yadav and others holding meeting head of Lok Sabha election at party office in Patna Bihar India on Thursday March 14,2019
BJP leaders (R to L) union minister Ashwani chaubey, Dy CM Shushil Mody BJP chief Nitiyanand Rai Incharge Bihar BJP Bhupender Yadav and others holding meeting head of Lok Sabha election at party office in Patna Bihar India on Thursday March 14,2019(HT)
         

The Bihar BJP on Thursday formed a three-member committee to prepare a panel of names for each of the 17 constituencies to be contested by the party in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

A decision to form the committee was taken at the state election committee meeting under the chairmanship of the party’s Bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav.

Sources said the committee had been told not to deny party tickets to any union minister from Bihar.

The committee includes state BJP president Nityanand Rai, deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and state’s agriculture minister Prem Kumar.

“The committee members will meet all prospective candidates and form a panel of three candidates for each of the 17 seats. The names will be placed and discussed before the 13-member core committee before being taken before the parliamentary board in New Delhi,” said Nand Kishore Yadav, BJP leader and a minister in the Bihar government. “The committee will also decide on the candidates for two assembly constituencies, Nawada and Dehri, for the bypolls,” he said.

Party sources said the core committee will meet on Friday while the BJP’s parliamentary board meeting is slated for March 16 and 18. “We will be ready by then,” said Yadav.

“Talks on seat identification are almost final,” said Yadav.

According to the seat-sharing formula decided by the NDA, BJP and JD (U) will contest 17 seats each, while the remaining six seats will go to the Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will announce names of candidates for all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state before March 21.

State BJP president Nityanand Rai said the meeting also discussed strategy for all 40 seats and “did not confine itself to just seats to be contested by the BJP.”

In the 2014 parliamentary polls, BJP had contested on 30 seats and won 22 while the JD-U, which was not part of the alliance, had contested on 38 seats and won only two of them. The other alliance partner, the LJP, had contested on seven and won six seats.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the JD (U) won 20 and BJP 12. The JD (U) was the senior partner and BJP junior in the seat-sharing arrangements between the two parties.

In 2004 Lok Sabha polls, the JD (U) contested 24 of 40, winning six. The BJP contested 16 to win five seats.

First Published: Mar 15, 2019 08:29 IST

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