BJP releases first list of 184 candidates
Source: The Hindu
The BJP has fielded Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi constituency and its president Amit Shah from Gandhinagar in place of L.K. Advani in its first list of 184 candidates.
Senior party leader J.P. Nadda has told a press conference that the party also decided to field Home Minister Rajnath Singh from Lucknow and another Union Minister Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur.
Union Minister Smriti Irani has been renominated from Amethi and will take on Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju is to fight from Arunachal East. Union Ministers V.K. Singh and Mahesh Sharma have been renominated from Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida), respectively.
The BJP has announced candidates from States including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura.
The BJP has finalised names of all 17 party candidates from Bihar and has sent the list to the State unit which will announce it jointly with allies, Mr. Nadda has said.
Former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan is to contest from Thiruvananthapuram. K. J. Alphonse to fight from Ernakulam.
A. Manju, who joined the party from Congress to fight from Hassan, Pratap Simha from Mysore, Chowkidar Sadananda Gowda from Bengaluru North (possibly against H.D. Deve Gowda).
Jay Panda to contest from Kendrapara and Aprajita Sarangi from Bhubhaneswar.
Union Ministers Kiren Rijiju and Jitendra Singh to fight from Arunachal East and Udhampur, respectively.
Arjun Ram Meghwal to contest from Bikaner. Rajyavardhan Rathore to contest Lok Sabha elections 2019 from Jaipur.
Click here for the full list of 184 candidates.
Candidates for five seats in Tamil Nadu:
Coimbatore – C.P. Radhakrishnan
Kanniyakumari – Pon. Radhakrishnan
Ramanathapuram – Nainar Nagendran
Sivaganga – H. Raja
Thoothukudi – Tamilisai Soundararajan