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BJP leadership meets to select candidates for Haryana polls

BJP's Central Election Committee on Saturday met in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss and decide on its candidates for the remaining 47 seats in Haryana for the October 15 Assembly elections.

PTI| Updated: Sep 20, 2014, 18:42 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP's Central Election Committee on Saturday met in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss and decide on its candidates for the remaining 47 seats in Haryana for the October 15 Assembly elections.

BJP had declared candidates for 43 of the total 90 seats in the last meeting of Central Election Committee on September 9.

The Central Election Committee met under the chairmanship of BJP chief Amit Shah and was attended by other members including Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and Thawarchand Gehlot, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was recently inducted into the all-important panel.

Party general secretary J P Nadda and general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal, besides Shahnawaz Hussain and Haryana state leaders Rambilas Sharma, Anil Vig and Anil Jain and party's Haryana affairs in-charge Jagdish Mukhi and election in-charge in the state Kailash Vijayvargiya were also present.

The meeting that started at 3 PM will last for a few hours as the party leaders will discuss candidates for every seat in the state before announcing its candidates.

The party has already declared 43 candidates and has granted party tickets to the wife of veteran Congress leader Birender Singh who recently quit Congress and joined the saffron party. Among the candidates declared so far include seven women and 11 youths.

Prominent among the candidates announced are state BJP chief Rambilas Sharma from Mahendergarh, senior leader Anil Vij from Ambala Cant, former Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Birender Singh's wife Prem Lata Singh from Uchhana Kalan, BJP's Kisan Morcha chief O P Dhankar from Baadli, and former Chandigarh Mayor Gian Chand Gupta from Panchkula.

Former Haryana ministers Jagdish Nehra in Rania, Krishna Gehlawat in Rai and Chattarpal Singh in Hansi were also named in the first list of candidates.

BJP's youth leader from Rohtak Capt Abhimanyu will contest from Narnaund and sitting MLA from Sonepat Kavita Jain has been renominated from the segment while senior BJP leader Santosh Yadav will fight from Ateli.