Narendra Modi will be contesting from Varanasi again, it has been confirmed.
BJP President Amit Shah, meanwhile, will stand from Gandhinagar, the constituency that has elected the 91-year-old party patriarch LK Advani on six separate occasions.
The duo were among the 184 candidates named in the first list released by the Bhartiya Janata Party on Thursday.
There was a Queen in the list. Queen Oja will be contesting from Assam’s Guwahati seat. And a Maharaj at least in name too – Sakshi Maharaj.
The engaging Smriti Irani will return to Amethi to take on Rahul Gandhi, while one-time dream girl Hema Malini will contest from another high-profile seat in Uttar Pradesh Mathura.
A few other prominent candidates and their constituencies:
- Nitin Gadkari- Nagpur
- Rajnath Singh- Lucknow
- V K Singh- Ghaziabad
- Kiren Rijiju – Arunachal East
- Jitendra Singh – Udhampur
There were 28 candidates each named for constituencies in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal – two states that will see voting in all the seven phases.
The breakdown of candidates from other states are as follows: 21 from Karnataka, 16 from Rajasthan, 16 from Maharashtra, 13 from Kerala, 10 from Odisha, 10 from Telangana, eight from Assam, five from Tamil Nadu, five from Chhattisgarh, five from Jammu and Kashmir, five from Uttarakhand, two from Arunachal, two from Tripura, two from Andhra Pradesh, two from Gujarat, one from Sikkim, one from Mizoram, one from Lakshwadeep and one from Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Names for 20 states
The BJP has announced its candidates for constituencies that are located in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Kerala, Sikkim, Andamans, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Jammu & Kashmir.
Narendra Modi: Varanasi (UP)
Rajnath Singh: Lucknow
Sanjeev Balyan: Muzaffarnagar (UP)
Satya Pal Singh: Baghpat (UP)
VK Singh: Ghaziabad (UP)
Mahesh Sharma: GB Nagar (UP)
Hema Malini: Mathura (UP)
Sakshi Maharaj: Unnao (UP)
Smriti Irani: Amethi (UP)
Amit Shah: Gandhinagar (Gujarat)
Babul Supriyo: Asansol (Bengal)
Shami Bhattacharya: Basirhat (Bengal)
Nitin Gadkari: Nagpur (Maharashtra)
Poonam Mahajan: Mumbai North Central (Maharashtra)
Anant Kumar Hegde: Uttar Karnataka (Karnataka)
Shobha Karandlaje: Chikmagalur (Karnataka)
Pratap Simha: Mysuru (Karnataka)
KJ Alphons: Ernakulam (Kerala)
Kummanam Rajasekharan: Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)
Arjun Meghwal: Bikaner (Rajasthan)
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Jaipur rural (Rajasthan)
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
Shamik Bhattacharya: Dum Dum
Anupam Hazra: Jadavpur
Chandra Kumar Bose: Kolkata South
Rahul Sinha: Kolkata North
Bharati Ghosh: Ghatal
Dilip Ghosh: Medinipur
Babul Supriyo: Asansol