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BJP’s Second Lok Sabha Poll List Includes Nitin Gadkari, ML Khattar, Piyush Goyal

The BJP released its second list of candidates this evening for the Lok Sabha polls, after a last-minute hiccup over one seat each in Bihar. The list of 72 names includes a number of old hands including Union ministers including Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal and Anurag Singh Thakur. The fresh face is Manohar Lal Khattar, who was pulled out of the Haryana Chief Minister’s post yesterday. Two other former Chief Ministers — Trivendra Singh Rawat and Basavaraj Bommai — have also been fielded.

Sources said there was an eleventh-hour negotiation over one seat in Bihar.

Candidates have been declared for two seats in Delhi, seven seats in Gujarat, six seats in Haryana, two seats in Himachal Pradesh, 20 seats in Karnataka, 5 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 20 seats in Maharashtra, 6 seats in Telangana, 1 seat in Tripura and 2 seats in Uttarakhand. Candidates have also been announced for Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

In Delhi, it has fielded two new candidates — Harsh Malhotra from East Delhi and Yogendra Chandolia from North West Delhi.

In Karnataka, the party is fielding around 10 new faces. Union minister Pralhad Joshi will fight from Dharwad while former chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s son BY Raghavendra will contest from Shimoga.

In Bengaluru South, Tejasvi Surya, the BJP’s youth wing chief, will seek re-election. Yaduveer Krishnadatta Wadiyar of the erstwhile Mysore royal familyhas replaced Pratap Simha as the  candidate for Mysore seat.

BJP chief spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni has been fielded from Garhwal in Uttarakhand.

Earlier this month, the BJP had announced its first list of more than 190 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, due this summer.

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(Source: NDTV)

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