The BJP today declared the names of 36 candidates for the coming Lok Sabha elections and Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded its spokesman Sambit Patra from the Puri parliamentary constituency in Odisha.
By fielding Patra from the Puri Lok Sabha constituency, the party has put an end to the speculation that Modi would contest from the pilgrim town.
The list was declared subsequent to the meeting of the Central Election Committee presided over by Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior BJP leaders.
The 33 candidates comprise 23 from Andhra Pradesh, six from Maharashtra, five from Odisha and one each from Meghalaya and Assam. It also released the list of candidates for 51 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh and 22 Assembly seats in Odisha.
Odisha BJP President Basant Kumar Panda has been declared the party’s candidate for Kalahandi, Suresh Pujari for Bargarh, Nitesh Ganga Deb for Sambalpur and Jayaram Pangi for Koraput parliamentary constituency.