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BJP’s 5th candidate list 2024: Varun Gandhi goes independent after exclusion from BJP in Pilibhit!

BJP 5th candidate list 2024: Varun Gandhi to run as independent after being dropped by BJP in Pilibhit?
The BJP’s 5th candidate list for 2024 reveals a change in the Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency, BJP in Pilibhit with Uttar Pradesh minister Jitin Prasada chosen over Varun Gandhi.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided not to field Varun Gandhi for the Pilibhit seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2024. Varun Gandhi, the current Member of Parliament for this area, will step aside. Instead, the BJP in Pilibhit the BJP has put forth Uttar Pradesh minister Jitin Prasada as the candidate for the Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency. Meanwhile, Maneka Gandhi, Varun’s mother and the incumbent MP, will be contesting from the Sultanpur seat.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: BJP MP Varun Gandhi at Parliament House during the Interim Budget Session, in New Delhi on Friday

For over two decades, the Pilibhit constituency has been under the influence of either Varun Gandhi’s mother, Maneka Gandhi, or Varun himself. Varun first won the seat in the 2009 Lok Sabha Elections on behalf of the BJP. Following him, Maneka Gandhi assumed office in 2014 until Varun reclaimed the position in the 2019 polls. Pilibhit stands out as a prominent constituency in Uttar Pradesh, set for voting on April 19 in the initial phase. The nomination process commenced on Wednesday.

Will Varun Gandhi now contest as an Independent

Before the BJP released its fifth list, it was speculated whether Varun Gandhi would contest as an independent candidate if he was not given a ticket to contest from the Pilibhit constituency.

BJP MPs Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi(PTI)

Some reports even suggested that Varun Gandhi would consider contesting the Lok Sabha polls either as an independent candidate or representing the Samajwadi Party (SP). However, the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP surprised many by announcing Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar as the party’s candidate from Pilibhit on March 20th.

Earlier in the same month, the news agency PTI reported that Varun Gandhi’s representatives procured four sets of nomination papers for the Pilibhit seat in Uttar Pradesh. The MP’s spokesperson, MR Malik, confirmed that on Gandhi’s instructions, he obtained four sets of nomination papers — two in Hindi and two in English.

It is worth noting that Varun Gandhi has expressed his dissent against the BJP on various matters, including critiques of the Agnipath scheme, employment policies, and healthcare initiatives. Despite his vocal criticism, he recently appeared alongside BJP leaders and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi. News agency PTI reported these developments.

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BJP 5th candidate list 2024 for Lok Sabha election | Top Points

  • The ruling party has confirmed 398 nominees for the Lok Sabha elections, after excluding four contentious withdrawals, from the 543-member House.
  • Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, a vocal BJP supporter, will run for office in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, veteran actor Arun Govil, famous for his role as Lord Ram in “Ramayan,” will be a candidate in Meerut.
  • Sita Soren, the sister-in-law of former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, has recently made a significant move by transitioning to the BJP. She will be contesting from Dumka, following her departure from the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
  • Jagadish Shettar, the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, who briefly switched from the BJP to the Congress before returning, is set to run for election in Belgaum.
  • Abhijit Gangopadhyay, a former Calcutta High Court judge, will be representing the BJP in Tamluk, West Bengal. Dilip Ghosh will move from Medinipur to Bardhaman-Durgapur, taking over from S S Ahluwalia.
  • The BJP has unveiled its list of candidates from different states, with a notable count of seven from Rajasthan, four from Haryana and Karnataka, and three each from Maharashtra and Jharkhand, alongside 18 from Odisha and Kerala.
  • In Andhra Pradesh, the party president D Purandeswari is set to run for election in Rajahmundry, while the former CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy will contest from Rajampet. This decision comes as the BJP has now confirmed its candidates for all six Lok Sabha seats in the state.
  • Moreover, BJP’s Vice President Baijayant Panda will run for election in Kendrapara, a constituency he previously represented twice while serving as a member of the BJP.

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