Polls: BJP first list approved

The BJP has approved its first list of 15-17 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. According to sources from the party, leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse’s daughter-in-law is probably the candidate from Raver constituency in Jalgaon district. Apart from that, out of nine sitting MPs, four will be replaced by new candidates.
BJP leader Gopinath Munde, state president Devendra Fadnavis, Mr Khadse and Vinod Tawde met on Monday evening this week to discuss probable candidates for the party.
Mr Munde confirmed that there is unanimity on some of the candidates and their names can be announced before the end of this month. However, he refused to disclose the names.
According to a source from the party, five sitting MPs will be repeated while four will be replaced.
Party state spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said, “Party will offer candidature to some new faces. But is it not sure who will be replaced.”
Sources said that Darshana, wife of Mr Khadse’s late son Nikhil, would be offered candidature for the Raver constituency. Confirming this, Mr Khadse said, “It’s the party workers’ demand. But the senior party leaders have not yet taken a final decision.”
Sources said that Prataprao Sonawane, sitting MP from Dhule, A.T. Nana Patil from Jalgaon, Haribhau Jawale from Raver, Harishchandra Chavan from Dindori and Dilip Gandhi from Ahmednagar will be replaced by new candidates.
Gopinath Munde (Beed), Sanjay Dhotre (Akola), Hansraj Ahir (Chandrapur) and Ravsaheb Danve (Jalna) will be repeated.
Former president Nitin Gadkari will contest from Nagpur while Nana Patole, sitting MLA from Sakoli in Bhandara district will be the probable candidate from Bhandara-Gondia constituency against NCP leader Praful Patel. In the 2009 general elections, BJP candidate Shishupal Patle got just 1.59 lakh votes while Mr Patole, who contested independently, got more than 2.30 lakh votes.
The party is looking for candidates for Dhule, Dindori, Jalgaon, Baramati, Mumbai north central, Vardha, Latur, Solapur, Sangli, Palghar and Nande, said the source.

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