Addressing a press briefing, Gujarat BJP unit spokesman Vijay Rupani said, “The state unit has approved LK Advani’s name from the Gandhinagar constituency and will send its recommendation to the party office in Delhi.”
Rupani further said that the state unit wants Narendra Modi to contest Lok Sabha polls from Gujarat although he is also contesting from Varanasi.
The announcement from the Gujarat BJP unit has finally ended suspense over party veteran Advani, who was keen to contest from the Gandhinagar constituency which he presently represents. There were speculations that Advani might be asked to contest from Bhopal this time.
After careful deliberations, the party had recently declared Modi and Rajnath Singh’s name for the Varanasi and Lucknow constituencies respectively.
BJP’s next list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections is also likely to lift the veil on party’s prime ministerial candidate Modi’s second seat.
According to Gujarat BJP sources, Modi is most likely to contest from the Ahmedabad (East), though Baroda and Surat are also being discussed.
The fifth list of BJP candidates will be declared on March 19 in which Gujarat, Rajasthan will be taken up along with the 22 remaining seats of UP and five seats of Madhya Pradesh. Other pending seats from various states are also likely to be announced after this meeting.
An upbeat Gujarat unit of the BJP has been claiming that the party could win 20-22 of the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state as Narendra Modi is the party’s prime ministerial candidate. BJP won 17 seats in 2009.