BJP`s first list of LS poll nominees likely on Feb 27: Arun Jaitley

Last Updated: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 20:37

New Delhi: BJP is likely to come out with its first list of Lok Sabha candidates on February 27 when the party`s top leadership discusses the possible candidates at a meeting of the Central Election Committee here.

"First election comm(ittee) meeting is on 27th February," BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on twitter, adding that "hopefully that day" the party will come out with its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

Senior party leaders, including L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi besides others, who are part of the panel, will meet here to discuss and finalise the party`s list of candidates.

Sources said the party will finalise the seats for its top leaders and some seats where the candidates are strong and there is no dispute on them.

Interacting with the public on social networking site Twitter, Jaitley also answered a host of queries posed to him where he expressed the hope that some expansion of NDA allies was possible but BJP was aiming to achieve the 272-plus figure and claimed it was close to it.
"With two months to go for elections, we are very close to achieving Mission 272+. Some expansion of allies possible," he said in another reply on Twitter.
Jaitley also said the party would get a "record number" of seats in Uttar Pradesh and "certainly double digit and may be a lot more" in West Bengal.

The Leader of Opposition did not favour the Presidential form of governance in the country, saying it is "unsuitable for India" and said regional, religious, caste & linguistic groups all find representation in parliament in the current form of governance".

Not favouring state-funded elections, he said India needs a transparent political funding and said "state-funding alone is no guarantee that other funds will not be used in elections".

He said BJP was contesting elections on three issues of "Economy, Security & Probity". He also said BJP supports the idea of a National Judicial Commission.

To a question on Aam Aadmi Party, Jaitley said "AAP ran the worst possible government. He is deflecting issues from his own failure."

In another tweet, he said "AAP`s 49-day government in Delhi is the best reason why people should not vote for AAP."

He hoped to reach out to people through rallies, door-to- door campaign, literature, social media.
On corruption, he said "the NDA will have a strong leader who can take action against the corrupt. UPA didn`t."

Jaitley interacted with the public for 90 minutes today and answered a host of queries posed to him. This is his second such interaction.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 19:33

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