PM Modi Leads Late-Night Session to Finalize BJP’s First List of Lok Sabha Candidates

New Delhi, 1st March 2024: PM Modi led a late-night session of the BJP’s Central Election Committee to finalize the party’s first list of Lok Sabha candidates ahead of the upcoming elections. The meeting, commencing at 10:30 pm on Thursday, extended for over four hours, with key figures such as BJP president J P Nadda and Union ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh in attendance.

The discussions involved leaders from various states, including Yogi Adityanath, Bhupendra Patel, Mohan Yadav, Vishnu Deo Sai, Pushkar Singh Dhami, and Pramod Sawant.

The BJP aims to announce the first list, potentially comprising around 160 names, either before or during the weekend. Among the attendees were prominent figures like Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jyotiraditya Scindia, and Diya Kumari. The party, following a strategy seen in recent Assembly polls, may prioritize seats it seeks to improve upon after the 2019 elections.

With the Lok Sabha polls anticipated in April-May, state units of the BJP have already submitted candidate suggestions. The meeting follows the BJP’s recent success in the Rajya Sabha elections, where it secured 10 out of 15 seats in UP, Karnataka, and Himachal Pradesh, bringing it close to a majority in the Upper House.