In a wish to keep going on his winning streak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is completely ready to contest from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi seat once again in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The second seat will be finalised later.
A determination in this regard was taken out at BJP Parliamentary Board meeting on Friday, which had been held for approximately three hours to discuss key poll-related issues. The prime minister had defeated Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal with more than 3 lakh votes in the past elections, even while Congress candidate Ajay Rai was way behind with just 75,000 votes.
Besides the seat for PM Modi, the BJP members also came to the conclusion that there could be no blanket ban on leaders above 75 years of age. Any candidate who is capable of winning, even though he or she is above 75, will likely be given a ticket, a source close to the development stated.
After the 2014 success, PM Modi-led party changed their rules for party members, which included retirement from active politics after 75 and diminishing chances of obtaining party tickets after reaching 70. But, this current year the norms appear to have been amended again as numerous prominent BJP faces shall be solved out in case the party decides to stick with the 2014 rule.
This consists of 91-year-old LK Advani, 85-year-old Murli Manohar Joshi and 77-year-old Kalraj Mishra.
The source explained to News18 that BJP also plans to expand its alliances in the states. He declared that there 16 allies in 2014 but “this year there will be 29”. The party has just recently joined hands with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and made the decision to continue on its tie-ups with Shiv Sena and Lok Jan Shakti Party and Janata Dal (United) in Maharashtra and Bihar, respectively.
Numerous Rajya Sabha MPs will also be given tickets as the party is “focusing on the succeeding capability of a potential candidate and this is their greatest criteria”.