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BJP Set to Unveil Names of 100 Candidates Ahead of Lok Sabha Polls

The BJP is set to disclose the names of 100 candidates on Thursday, ahead of the Election Commission’s announcement of the Lok Sabha elections next month. The list is expected to feature both of the party’s heaviest hitters – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah – sources have told NDTV.

The BJP’s Central Election Committee is expected to convene on February 29, according to sources, and the initial list of candidates may be announced shortly thereafter. The first list will be critical since the ruling party has set a lofty goal of capturing 370 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats and is striving to get 400 for the NDA.

PM Modi is the MP from Varanasi, a constituency he has won twice. He was elected with a huge margin of 3.37 lakh votes in 2014 and had increased it to 4.8 lakh in 2019. Amit Shah had contested the 2019 election from Gandhinagar, a seat that had been held by BJP veteran LK Advani until then.

The BJP is, meanwhile, holding a string of meetings on Saturday to decide on the election strategy for five states, including Uttar Pradesh, which sends the maximum number of MPs to the Lok Sabha.

The meeting on Uttar Pradesh was attended by Home Minister Amit Shah and saw the participation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak, and Minister Dharampal Singh, among others. In the 2019 election, the BJP had won 62 of the state’s 80 seats.

The Uttar Pradesh meeting will be followed by discussions on West Bengal, Telangana, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Vishnu Deo Sai are in New Delhi for the meetings.

Sources said the discussions will be around the constituencies in the states that the BJP is perceived to be weak in, and the list of candidates for those seats is likely to be declared early.

Last week, the Prime Minister had urged BJP leaders and workers to work diligently towards fulfilling the party’s aim of winning 370 seats and had told them that the next 100 days will be crucial.

“In the next 100 days, we all have to reach out to every new voter, every beneficiary, every community. We have to win everyone’s trust. To take the NDA to 400, BJP will have to cross the mark of 370 (seats),” the PM had said at the party’s national convention.

Reiterating that he was not seeking a third term to enjoy the perks of power but because he wanted to continue working for the nation, he had said, “A senior leader once told me I had done enough as Prime Minister and chief minister and I should rest. But I am working for ‘rashtraniti’, not ‘rajneeti’.”

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Source: NDTV

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