In a late-night session lasting until 4 am, the BJP is poised to announce a preliminary list of over 100 Lok Sabha candidates, including heavyweights like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. This move is part of the party’s plan to name 50% of its candidates by March 10, applying lessons from its 2019 strategy.

Strategic Planning for a Third Term

The BJP’s strategy revolves around early candidate announcements to build pressure on its main rival, the Congress-led INDIA bloc, which is still finalizing seat-share deals. The party aims to gather feedback on sitting MPs and strategically shuffle candidates to address potential anti-incumbency bias.

Focus on Hindi Heartland and South

The overnight meeting focused on selecting candidates for key states in the Hindi heartland, including UP, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan. Additionally, attention was given to PM Modi’s home state, Gujarat, and traditionally challenging territories like Kerala and Telangana.

Potential Candidates in the Spotlight

While the official list is awaited, speculation suggests PM Modi might defend his seat in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, facing potential competition from the INDIA bloc, possibly represented by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Home Minister Amit Shah could contest from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar, a stronghold the BJP has held since 1989.

Cabinet Colleagues in the Mix

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia are potential candidates for Lucknow and Guna-Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh, respectively. These decisions align with BJP strongholds, continuing the party’s electoral dominance.

Surprises and Alliances

Rumors suggest Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur might not contest, making way for ex-MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The BJP’s alliance discussions include leaving six seats in Uttar Pradesh for regional allies, indicating a strategic approach to key battlegrounds.

Timeline and Candidate Percentage

The BJP aims to name at least 50% of its candidates by March 10, mirroring its 2019 approach when it revealed 164 candidates on March 21, weeks before official election dates were announced.


As the BJP strategically unveils its initial candidate list, the party positions itself for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, emphasizing early announcements and strategic candidate selection to navigate the complex electoral landscape.

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