Modi may contest from 2 seats

Modi may contest from 2 seats

The BJP is contemplating fielding its prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi from two seats, one each in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, to maximise electoral gains. 

Modi’s name will figure in the third list of Lok Sabha candidates expected to be announced after the party’s central election committee meeting on March 13.

Speculation has been rife about Modi jumping into electoral fray either from Varanasi or Lucknow ever since the Gujarat chief minister was elevated to lead the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections. 

Party sources, however, said that he might contest from Gujarat as well as UP, a state important in the party’s “Mission 272+”, as the state has 80 Lok Sabha seats.

Names of Modi, BJP president Rajnath Singh and other prominent party leaders will be part of the third list of candidates to be declared on March 13. Sources said Singh, who is an MP from Ghaziabad, is also being persuaded to fight polls from Rajput dominated Chitorgarh in Rajasthan.  

Prior to this, the central election committee will meet on Saturday and is likely to clear names of around 100 candidates from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. BJP patriarch LK Advani will also be contesting elections from his home constituency of Gandhinagar, even though he had expressed his surprise on not finding his name in the first list released on February 27. The next two rounds of poll announcements will draw candidates from states that are crucial to BJP’s political fortune. 

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