BJP declares 306 candidates for Lok Sabha Elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) declared the list of 306 candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls focuses on the generational shift in the ruling party. Approximately 50 sitting Lok Sabha members have been withheld tickets, and veterans such as LK Advani, Kalraj Mishra, Shanta Kumar, BC Khanduri and Bhagat Singh Koshyari have been kept out of direct contesting elections by the BJP’s central leadership led by Prime Minister Modi and party chief Amit Shah. The revolution began with Modi ignoring official employment to leaders over 75 years old in 2014. By not giving them tickets to contest the elections, the party has signalled that the generational shift in the party has reached the next level.

Maximum of the veteran leaders who have been left out was not concerned in the BJP’s decision-making method over the last five years, and do not enjoy sufficient assistance from followers in the party to question the decision. Retirements have been still, with leaders Kalraj Mishra and Karia Munda from Jharkhand delivering public statements accepting the party’s decision. Advani, 91-years-old whose Gandhinagar seat has gone to Shah, has not spoken about the 75-year rule. “The party will take a call on the future role of these leaders after the elections,” said a BJP leader of the 31 candidates declared in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has withdrawn six sitting MPs and refused a ticket to its candidate in Kairana.

The BJP won 71 out of 78 seats it contested in the last election but lost three by-polls last year. “A lot of research has gone into the candidate selection exercise,” the BJP general secretary mentioned above said. “Once the list is out, we may end up denying ticket to up to one-third of sitting parliamentarians.” The party switched its all 10 MPs in Chhattisgarh and abandoned five in the list of 15 candidates declared so far for Madhya Pradesh. In 17 seats of Bihar, five parties made an agreement, the BJP repeated13 MPs, three left, and gave five seats to those won in the last election to Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal.

“The war plan aims to achieve some larger goals, such as getting new faces. There is a battle plan for some states where the Opposition has come together. The battle plan demanded the party to change a few candidates,” said Mishra, the Centre for Reforms, Development and Justice’s president. Congress spokesperson Pranav Jha hit out at the BJP, “The way the elders and senior founding fathers of the BJP are being treated in the party is most unfortunate. It breaks our heart to see Advani Ji, Murli Manohar Joshi Ji, Uma Bharti Ji or Kalraj Mishra Ji being treated as dispensable furniture. A society is known by the way it treats it, elders.I’m sure what one sow today also have to read it tomorrow,” he said.

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