PM Narendra Modi to contest Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi again. The decision was taken at a parliamentary board meeting on Friday by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), says report. The second seat will be finalised later, it added.
However, an official confirmation regarding the matter is still awaited.
The three-hour long meeting in New Delhi discussed key poll related issues. Senior BJP leaders including PM Modi and party president Amit Shah were present at the meeting.
Earlier during 2014 general elections, Modi contested from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi and his home state Gujarat’s Vadodara. In both the constituencies, he won the seats with wide margin.
Apart from confirmation of Modi’s seat, the blanket ban on leaders above 75 years of age has also been lifted after much discussion by the party, said sources. Any candidate who is capable of winning, will be given a ticket, the source added.
As per reports, the polls are likely to spread over 7-8 phases from April to May. Nevertheless, the Election Commission (EC) is yet to finalise and announce the dates of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The logistical preparations to hold the elections for the 17th Lok Sabha has been completed. The detailed polling schedule is expected during the second weekend of March or early in the third week.