The Bhartiya Janata Celebration (BJP) on Tuesday released a different list of 40 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections, drawing to close speculation about a ticket for former celebration chief Murli Manohar Joshi. The BJP has denied a ticket to the celebration veteran from Kanpur, a seat he won following vacating Varanasi for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In a different substantial move, the BJP has exchanged the seats of Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi. Maneka Gandhi will contest from Sultanpur and Varun Gandhi will fight from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh. Satyadev Pachauri will contest for BJP from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Virendra Singh Mast will fight from Ballia.
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BJP has fielded Manoj Sinha from Ghazipur, a seat he had won in 2014. UP government ministers Rita Bahuguna Joshi will contest from Allahabad.
This time, the saffron celebration has not offered the ticket to veterans like L K Advani, B C Khanduri and Kalraj Mishra amongst other individuals. Actor-politician Jaya Prada has been fielded from Rampur. UP BJP president Mahendra Nath Pandey has been renominated from Chandauli. The BJP also announced its 10 candidates from West Bengal.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Ajay Agarwal who lost to Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli in the final elections has demanded the ticket. It has been reported that Agarwal wrote a letter saying the celebration will face the wrath of the traders’ neighborhood if he is not fielded once more.