Even as BJP central election committee (CEC) meet begins Thursday to thrash out a formula for seats to be contested by some top leaders including Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha MP from Bhopal Kailash Joshi has invited L K Advani to contest from Bhopal.
“I informed him I do not want to contest elections. And I requested him to contest from Bhopal,” he said over phone. Advani, however, did not indicate his mind about the suggestion. Advani had declared his desire to contest from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
In UP, sources said BJP was veering round to the view that Murli Manohar Joshi should contest from Kanpur, and vacate Varanasi for Modi.
On Thursday, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj is likely to be named Vidisha candidate, senior party leaders said. They said they have been sounded about Modi’s candidature from Varanasi. A party source said Modi may contest from a single Lok Sabha seat in UP to avoid confusion about post-poll preferences in case he contests from another seat.
“While it is for the CEC to affirm his candidature from Varanasi, we are given to understand Modi will contest from a single Lok Sabha seat to provide momentum to party’s electoral prospects in UP,” said a senior BJP leader.
UP BJP sources confided that BJP president Rajnath Singh is likely to give up Ghaziabad seat and contest from Lucknow. Murli Manohar Joshi is likely to contest from Kanpur. Sources revealed that Kalraj Mishra and Vinay Katiyar were unlikely to contest. Deliberations were on about Uma Bharti who wanted to contest from UP.
Sources indicated two MLAs accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots, Hukum Singh (Kairana) and Bhartendu Singh (Bijnore), may contest Lok Sabha polls and two other accused MLAs, Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana, do not fit into social composition of constituencies considered for them. Kalyan Singh is likely to be fielded from Etah and Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur.