Already, the BJP
has dropped several of its senior leaders, who are sitting MPs, including L K Advani, Shanta Kumar, B C Khanduri, Kalraj Mishra and Karia Munda.
In UP, the BJP
announced party leader Varun Gandhi
will contest from Pilibhit and his mother, Maneka Gandhi, from Sultanpur. In 2014, Varun had won from Sultanpur and his mother from Pilibhit, but the contest this time is likely to be tough in the latter seat.
From the Rampur seat, the party dropped its sitting MP Nepal Singh. The BJP announced actor Jaya Prada, who joined the party on Tuesday, would contest the seat. She was a Samajwadi Party MP from the seat in 2009.
In Karnataka, the BJP fielded the party’s youth leader, 28-year-old Tejaswi Surya, from its bastion of Bangalore South. There was expectation the party might field Tejaswini Kumar, the wife of the late Union minister Ananth Kumar, a six-time MP from the seat. She had already started a door-to-door campaign.
She said the party decision came as a shock to her and all of her supporters.
In Rajasthan, three disgruntled BJP leaders, including Ghanshyam Tiwari, joined the Congress. Apart from these leaders, 12 independent legislators announced their support to the Congress. Some of them were denied tickets by the Congress in the Rajasthan Assembly polls.