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BJP releases 2nd list of candidates for LS polls


Team Udayavani, Mar 23, 2019, 12:52 PM IST

New Delhi: The BJP on Saturday announced the names of its 64 more candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, including party’s senior leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from Patna in Bihar and national spokesperson Sambit Patra from Puri in Odisha.

With these 64 names, the party has announced the name of its 249 candidates so far for the parliamentary polls which will held in seven phases beginning from 11 April and ending on 19 May. The counting will take place on 23 May.

The names for the first two phases has been cleared by the BJP’s central election committee (CEC), headed by its chief Amit Shah and including Prime Minister Narendra Modi 

Out of the 64 names, 47 were announced in two different lists issued by the party on Saturday, while the names of its 17 candidates were shared with media by the BJP in a joint press conference with its allies in Patna.

These names include 23 nominees for Andhra Pradesh, six candidates for Maharashtra and Telangana, five for Odisha, three for Uttar Pradesh and one candidate each for Assam, Kerala and Meghalaya were announced today besides names of its 17 nominees for Bihar.

The party is contesting on 40 Lok Sabha seats of Bihar in alliance with JD(U) and LJP, where both BJP and JD(U) will fight on 17 seats each and LJP on remaining six.

The big names which were announced on Saturday includes Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who will be now party’s candidate from Patna replacing film actor and sitting MP Shatrughan Sinha.

Party also announced the candidature of its national spokesperson Sambhit Patra from Puri, where Modi’s name was also speculated as the candidate.

Party has also changed the seat of Union Minister Giriraj Singh from Nawada to Begusarai in Bihar. 

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