BJP Lok Sabha Candidates List: The party is expected to field a large number of Rajput candidates from Hindi heartland states.
BJP Lok Sabha Candidates List: Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has been counting on the support of Thakur community in Hindi heartland states to repeat its spectacular performance in the crucial Lok Sabha election. The BJP, which has performed exceptionally well in heartland states with sizeable population of Thakur community, is likely to field a large number of Thakur candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha election, said a senior BJP leader who is part of BJP’s apex decision making body for approving tickets for elections.
“Rajputs candidates will be there in significant number, ” said a senior party leader who is part of BJP’s central election committee, the nodal body that will decide candidates for Lok Sabha elections.
BJP’s central election committee, that has already held two rounds of meetings, is meeting for the third time on Wednesday to finalise the candidates. The party was expected to announce the first list on Monday, however, it was postponed due to death of Goa chief minister and senior BJP leader Manohar Parrikar on Sunday.
Thakurs form a sizeable chunk of voters in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Riding on an unprecedented wave in favour of BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the BJP had swept all these states in 2014 Lok Sabha election.
The party has also appointed Thakur chief ministers in 3 Hindi heartland states. Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh, Trivendra Singh Rawat in Uttarakhand and Jairam Thakur in Himachal Pradesh. Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh is also from Thakur community.
The BJP is expected to soon release the names of candidates for 188 Lok Sabha seats going to poll in the first two phases. Nomination for these 188 seats will close by Monday and Tuesday respectively (March 25 and 26).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the party president Amit Shah, home minister Rajnath Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley are among the leaders attending the CEC meeting being held at the party headquarter in New Delhi on Wednesday evening. According to the party sources, the first list of candidates will be released after Wednesday’s meeting.