The passing away of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has further delayed the announcement of the BJP’s list of Lok Sabha candidates. On Sunday, after the party core committee meeting, Party state Unit President B S Yeddyurappa departed for the New Delhi to get the approval for the final list of candidates for the Lok Sabha Elections. Earlier on the day, the party declared the names of candidates for most of the seats in Andhra Pradesh.
There were expectations that the list of Lok Sabha candidate for the first phase of polls on April 11 would be announced late in the evening. However, after the news of Parrikar’s death, it had to be shelved. Several senior BJP leaders who are members of Central Election committee are flying to Panjim to attend Parrikar’s last rituals.
According to a statement, the party has named its candidates for 123 seats in the 175 member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and for 54 seats in 60 members Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu will challenge from Mukto constituency. The BJP came to power in Arunachal Pradesh after a majority of Congress MLAs deserted the party to ally with it and later joined it.
In the meantime, the three NDA constituents in Bihar — BJP, JD(U) and LJP — announced the names of candidates for the 40 Lok Sabha seats for the coming general elections. According to the announcement, the BJP will contest from Purvi Champaran (Motihari), Buxar, Maharjaganj, Muzaffarpur, Bettiah, Saran, Sheohar, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Ujiarpur, Begusarai, Patna Sahib, Pataliputra, Ara, Sasaram, Aurangabad, and Araria.