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Narendra Modi to contest Lok Sabha elections from one seat in Gujarat: BJP

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: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, and senior leader LK Advani during party's Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo) : BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, and senior leader LK Advani during party's Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

The BJP on Thursday announced that Chief Minister Narendra Modi will contest elections from one seat in the state, without ruling out the possibility that he may fight on a second seat from Uttar Pradesh.

“I can definitely say that Modiji will fight elections from one seat in Gujarat,” state BJP general secretary Vijay Rupani told reporters in Ahmedabad.

“There has been a clamour to invite Narendra Modi to fight elections from four main cities of the state — Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat. Our party workers wish that he should contest from Gujarat,” Rupani said.

“Our (state BJP) parliamentary board had met over the last four days in which it was finalised that Modi would contest from one seat in Gujarat,” he said, adding that the decision on which seat he will contest is yet to be taken.

When asked if Modi will also contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP leader said, “I do not know anything about that seat, but it will be decided by our central parliamentary board.”

There has been lot of confusion on from which seat Modi will enter the poll fray.

The BJP prime ministerial candidate is in Delhi to attend the central parliamentary board and central election committee meeting.

However, state party leaders said that candidates for Gujarat seats will not be discussed in those meetings on Thursday.

In reply to a question on whether party veteran L.K Advani will be contesting from Gandhinagar, from where he holds the seat for five terms, Rupani said, “The central parliamentary board will decide about it.”

“We have not finalised panel of names for the Lok Sabha seats in the first round of meeting of parliamentary board. We will sit again after Holi festival to do that,” he said.

BJP Gujarat unit’s parliamentary board had met on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the residence of Modi, in his
presence.

“Our (state) parliamentary board is likely to meet again to finalise the names of panels of candidates for the 26 Lok Sabha seats,” state BJP spokesperson Harsad Patel said.

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