There is no official word on this so far but it is understood that a decision in this regard has been taken during a meeting of the BJP’s Parliamentary Board – the party’s highest decision-making body – on Friday evening.
When asked from where PM Modi will contest the next Lok Sabha elections, sources told PTI that it has already been decided that he will contest from Varanasi, the constituency which he represents in the current Lok Sabha.
Ahead of crucial polls, the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting was held at the party’s headquarters in Delhi, during which the central leadership brainstormed for almost three hours discussing the poll strategy to reach out to millions of voters across the country.
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PM Modi had won from Varanasi with 5,81,022 votes in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Varanasi has been important considering the fact that after PM’s victory in Lok Sabha polls, the BJP’s allies managed to wrest all eight assembly constituencies in the city during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
It is also being speculated that the saffron party may introduce certain criteria, including age bar, for candidates.
However, a party leader has said the main criteria behind selecting a candidate will depend on his chances of winning a seat.
The AJSU is already a partner in the BJP-led government in the state.