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Lok Sabha Polls: BJP Candidates List; Major Reshuffle And Surprises In Lineup

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New Delhi: In anticipation of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has unveiled its initial list of 195 candidates, showcasing significant alterations and notable selections across various constituencies.

Among the prominent names featured in the lineup are Prime Minister Narendra Modi, slated to contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who will contest from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, expected to run from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

In Delhi, several unexpected changes have emerged, reshaping the political landscape. Notably, Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi has been replaced by Bansuri Swaraj, daughter of the late Sushma Swaraj, in New Delhi. Furthermore, Pravesh Verma in West Delhi has been succeeded by councillor Kamaljeet Sehrawat, while Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Chandni Chowk has been replaced by Praveen Khandelwal.

Assam witnesses a notable turnover as well, with five incumbent MPs being replaced by fresh faces. Former Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has been nominated to contest from Dibrugarh, replacing Rameshwar Teli, among other replacements across constituencies like Silchar, Autonomous District, Gauhati, and Tezpur.

In Madhya Pradesh, the electoral landscape undergoes significant transformation, with 11 out of the BJP’s 28 MPs from 2019 being replaced. The inclusion of former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Vidisha and the nomination of Congress-turned-BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia in Guna mark noteworthy developments, alongside the exclusion of Sadhvi Pragya in Bhopal.

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar emerges as one of the key contenders for the upcoming elections in Thiruvananthapuram. Chandrasekhar will take on Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.

Similar reshuffles have been witnessed in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Tripura, West Bengal, and Telangana, reflecting the BJP’s concerted effort to revitalize its electoral approach and accommodate a diverse array of candidates. Notably, several ministers, including Meenakshi Lekhi, John Barla, and Pratima Bhowmik, have lost their seats in the candidature shuffle.

While Uttar Pradesh witnesses the renomination of many MPs, the BJP’s candidate selection in states like Kerala and Telangana indicates a strategic balancing act between party loyalists and defectors from other political outfits.

The BJP’s decision to field candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities underscores its ambition to forge a broad-based coalition and expand its political footprint across the nation. As the electoral landscape evolves, the upcoming Lok Sabha elections promise to be a pivotal juncture in India’s democratic journey.

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