Indian PM Narendra Modi will contest elections from Varanasi in 2019. BJP President, Amit Shah will replace veteran politician L K Adwani in Gandhinagar
India’s ruling party has now released its first list for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. All set for the competitive bout next month, the Bharatiya Janta Party has switched up candidates across a significant number of constituencies. Six constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, four in Assam, and two in Maharashtra will witness new faces from the BJP. Rajasthan, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Gujarat, and Arunachal Pradesh will also see new BJP candidates in one constituency each.
BJP leader, J P Nadda released the 184-candidate list for General Elections on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest elections from the holy city of Varanasi, a seat he represents in the Parliament. Party President, Amit Shah will replace veteran BJP leader and six-time winner, L K Adwani in Gandhinagar constituency.
In Uttar Pradesh, Union Minister Smriti Irani will contest against Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi from the Amethi constituency.
Union Minister of State of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Krishna Raj was not re-elected from Shahjahanpur, UP. In Agra, Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Ram Shankar Katheria was also among the dropped candidates.
According to the first list, the ruling party has re-elected Union Ministers, Gen. V K Singh in Ghaziabad and Kiren Rijiju in Arunachal West. In Gautam Budha Nagar, Bengaluru North and Asansol, BJP has re-elected 2014 winners, Mahesh Sharma, D V Sadananda Gowda, and Babul Supriyo, respectively. Additionally, the party has re-elected Indian film actress Hema Malini in Mathura constituency.
Ahead of the 2019 General Elections, BJP has asserted its goal of introducing “new faces and vigour.”