Jaipur: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) released its first list of candidates for upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 on Thursday and finalized the names for 16 candidates from Rajasthan. There are 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. The party repeated 14 sitting MP’s and included four union ministers in the first list. Other names will be announced soon, said party officials.
The BJP has played safe and repeated most of the sitting parliamentarians and union ministers from their incumbent seats as in 2014.
The party has fielded two new candidates for Jhunjhunu and Ajmer seats including Narendra Khinchal who is an MLA from Mandawa assembly constituency in Jhunjhunu region and Bhagirath Chaudhary who is a former MLA from Kishangarh.
The only woman MP on Jhunjhunu seat, Santosh Ahlawat has been replaced with Narendra Khinchal.
Apart from these two, all the representatives are fielded likewise in the 2014 elections.
Relatives and supporters reached Dushyant Singh’s house to congratulate him for making it to the list from Jhalawar -Baran seat. He is the son of former chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
Once again MP Ramcharan Bohra and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will represent Jaipur and Jaipur rural in the Lok Sabha elections respectively.
Four Union ministers including Arjun Ram Meghwal from Bikaner, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore from Jaipur rural, P P Chaudhary from Pali and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat from Jodhpur have made it to this list.
A press conference was held in New Delhi regarding the first list of candidates as the party announced 184 candidates nationwide. Several BJP leaders including PM Narendra Modi, Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj along with other officials were present in the meeting.
Nominated candidates from Rajasthan in the first list of BJP:
- Ganganagar(SC) - Nihal Chand Chauhan
- Bikaner(SC) - Arjun Ram Meghwal
- Jhunjhunu - Narendra Khinchal
- Sikar - Sumedhanand Saraswati
- Jaipur Rural - Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
- Jaipur - Ramcharan Bohra
- Tonk-Sawai Madhopur - Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria
- Ajmer - Bhagirath Chaudhary
- Pali - P P Chaudhary
- Jodhpur - Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
- Jalore - Devji Mansingram Patel
- Udaipur - Arjunlal Meena
- Chittorgarh - C. P. Joshi
- Bhilwara - Subhash Chandra Baheria
- Kota - Om Birla
- Jhalawar-Baran - Dushyant Singh
The dates for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections were announced by Election Commission of India. Polling in Rajasthan on 25 seats will be held on April 29 (Phase 4) and May 6 (Phase 5). The results will be announced on May 23.
Thirteen constituencies including Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Pali, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore, Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Kota, and Jhalawar-Baran will go on polls on April 26 in the state.
And the elections of 12 Lok Sabha constituencies including Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur Rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Dausa, and Nagaur will take place on May 6.
First published: March 22, 2019