Advani gets invite to contest from Bhopal

Murli Manohar Joshi is likely to contest from Kanpur.

New Delhi | Published:March 13, 2014 1:15 am
A man sells pictures of senior BJP leaders outside party headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday. Ravi Kanojia. A man sells pictures of senior BJP leaders outside party headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday. Ravi Kanojia.

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.

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    Barkha Sharma
    Mar 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    Party like BJP has no future at all...Party members like Murli Manohar Joshi regretting his decision to join politics clearly tells the state of affairs within the party. Thanks Mr. Joshi for letting us know the truth…
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      Barkha Sharma
      Mar 16, 2014 at 11:53 am
      Party like BJP has no future at all...Party members like Murli Manohar Joshi regretting his decision to join politics clearly tells the state of affairs within the party. Thanks Mr. Joshi for letting us know the truth…
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        Hemen Parekh
        Mar 18, 2014 at 5:39 am
        Arvind (MP ) or Arvind ( Ex-MLA ) ?Notsurprisingly , many people would like it to be ,Arvind (Ex-MLA )One doesnot need to be a NOSTRADAMUS, to be able to predict that - should Arvind decide to fight against NarendraModi from VaranasiWhereas ,I can understand , leaders of both Congress and BJP , secretly hoping thatArvind does contest from Varanasi, I just fail to understand why AAP leaders too , want him to carry out apolitical suicide !Do they (AAP leaders ) , believe that , a Arvind on the footpath OUTSIDEparliament building is worth muchmore ,than a Arvind leading the opposition INSIDE the Lok Sabha ?If not ,why do they advise him to fight Narendra Modi ?To make amartyr out of Arvind ?Don't AAPleaders realize that politics is purely a game of " Possible " ?And onedoes not need to have mastered , NASH EQUILIBRIUM to see that , a fight between NaMo and Arvind ,is a fight between UNEQUALS !Mavericksdon't win elections . Money does !Electionis NOT about heroics / about bravado / aboutbeing foolhardy !It is only about getting into the LokSabhaAnd , inArvind's case , it is about getting in there with fair and honest means !ARVIND ,What areyou trying to prove by fighting Modi ?That youare not lusting for power ?You don'thave to . We know thatForgetabout that referendum of people of VaranasiListen to what 814 million voters wantThey wantto see you lead the opposition in Lok SabhaAsk ofyourself : What is more important ?FightingModi for 5 weeks on the streets of Varanasi- and losing ?Or,Fighting Modi inside Lok Sabha for 5 years - and winning ?So ,fight from where people - not money , will vote for you* hemen parekh ( 18 March 2014 / Mumbai )
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