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New Delhi: The BJP released the first list of 195 candidates for the upcming Lok Sabha elections here in the national capital on Saturday. After a marathon midnight BJP CEC meeting until 4 am on February 29, BJP hits the bullseye with unwavering confidence, signaling a seamless transition into Modi 3.0. The central leadership’s firm grip leaves no room for discord, showcasing unity of command. Welcoming former Congress leaders into prominent roles underscores the party’s clarity of vision and a welldefined roadmap ahead.

The first list of 195 candidates features highprofile names such as PM Narendra Modi who will again contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Union Home Minister Amit Shah who will contest from Gandhinagar in Gujarat. The list, which has names of 34 Union Ministers and MoS, comes days before the dates of the Lok Sabha polls 2024 — to be held in April-May - are announced by the ECI.

Of the 195 constituencies, 51 are from Uttar Pradesh, 20 from WB, 15 from Rajasthan and 5 from Delhi. The list, that includes includes names of 28 women, 47 leaders under the age of 50 and 57 members from the OBC community, was read out by BJP National General Secy, Vinod Tawde in presence of BJP National Vice Prez Jay Panda.

Among other Union Ministers, Jyotiraditya Scindia has been fielded from Guna, Arjun Meghwal from Bikaner, Bhupendra Yadav from Alwar and Rajeev Chandrashekhar from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram. Former Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the party has repeated Union Minister Jitendra Singh and present member of parliament Jugal Kishore from Udhampur and Jammu parliamentary seats, respectively. Actorturned politician Hema Malini will again contest from her seat Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP has kept 370+ seats target for the party in the upcoming polls and 400+ for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). In 2019 too, the BJP had revealed names of 184 candidates on March 21, weeks before dates were announced.

In 2019, Lok Sabha polls were held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 to elect the members of the 17th Lok Sabha. The result, declared on May 23, saw a landslide victory for the BJP under PM Narendra Modi with 303 seats in the 543-member House.

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