Shatrughan Sinha to contest from Patna Saheb

March 17th, 2009 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated Shatrughan Sinha to contest the Lok Sabha election from Patna Saheb in Bihar, and released Tuesday its list of candidates for 67 parliamentary constituencies in seven states.
The BJP’s central election committee met with party president Rajnath Singh in chair to finalise the list of candidates from Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The party announced four candidates for Karnataka, 11 from Maharashtra, 21 for Gujarat, seven for Andhra Pradesh, 12 for Bihar, six in Madhya Pradesh, four for Rajasthan and two in Uttar Pradesh, a BJP statement said.

Senior leader L.K. Advani, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje also attended the meeting.

However, the party’s general secretary Arun Jaitley, who was appointed chief coordinator for the polls, skipped the meeting.

The party gave in to the wish of film star-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who had expressed his desire to contest from the Patna Saheb constituency in Bihar.

The BJP’s minority forum president Syed Shahnawaz Hussain has been given a ticket from Bhagalpur whereas party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy will contest from Saran constituency in Bihar.

In Gujarat, where the party had won 14 seats in 2004, it has given tickets to only two sitting MPs - Harin Pathak from Ahmedabad East and Mansukhbhai Vasava from Bharuch.

The BJP’s general secretary Gopinath Munde will fight from Beed in Maharashtra. The party also gave ticket to former petroleum minister Ram Naik from Mumbai North. Naik had lost to filmstar Govinda during the last elections from the same constituency.

The elections to the 15th Lok Sabha will be held April 16-May 13 in five phases. The counting of votes will take place May 16.

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