BJP retains most ministers in first list for 2019 elections
Party chief Amit Shah replaces patriarch LK Advani in Gandhinagar constituency.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has released its first list of candidates for the 2019 general elections. The first list includes 184 candidates in which most of the ministers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet have been included with a few exceptions.
The biggest inclusions in the list are PM Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah. While Modi is standing again from his constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Shah is standing for the Lok Sabha elections for the first time from Gandhinagar. The seat was earlier represented by the BJP veteran and stalwart LK Advani who has not been included in this list.
The other big names in the list includes home minister Rajnath Singh, who is contesting from Lucknow. He had won from the same seat in 2014 as well. Apart from him, people like Smriti Irani have also been accommodated in the first list. Irani is the current textile minister in the Modi cabinet. She has also served first as minister of human resource development and then information and broadcasting. She will be contesting from Amethi, where she had lost to Rahul Gandhi in 2014.
The minister of youth affairs and sports (independent charge) Rajyavardhan Rathore is contesting from the Jaipur Rural constituency in Rajasthan. He is currently the sitting MP representing the seat. Minister of chemicals and fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda, who is also incharge of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, is also contesting the elections from Bangalore North constituency in Karnataka. Minister of tribal affairs Jual Oram has also been retained from Sudargarh constituency from Odisha.
Among ministers of state with independent charge in the government, Santosh Kumar Gangwar has been given the ticket to represent Bareilly in UP again. Jitendra Singh is set to represent Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir while Mahesh Sharma has been retained from Gautam Buddha Nagar.
The only discrepancy is among ministers of state. Krishna Raj, MoS of agriculture and farmers welfare has not been given a ticket to contest from the seat she is presently representing. The constituency in question, Shahjahanpur in UP, is going to be represented by Arun Sagar. Ramesh Jigajinagi, MoS for drinking water and sanitation has been retained from Bijapur in Karnataka. MoS, home, Kiren Rijiju is contesting from Arunachal East constituency. He was elected from Arunachal West in 2014. MoS Anant Kumar Hegde has retained his Uttara Kannada seat for this election as well. MoS Babul Supriyo will fight the election from Asansol in West Bengal.