Market. Bharatiya Janata Party may soon announce the names of its candidates for around 150 seats for the Lok Sabha elections 2024. These are the seats in which BJP has lost. Mandi parliamentary seat of Himachal Pradesh is also included in these seats. Now here BJP has decided to do its fortification before the scheduled time.
This is the only Lok Sabha seat of Himachal Pradesh, which is with Congress. Although, earlier this seat was with BJP, but by-elections were held here in 2021, after which this seat went to Congress.
Sources say that there is a discussion going on for the seats in Delhi to announce the names of the candidates first. Mandi parliamentary seat is also included in it. Here also the name of the candidate can be announced before the scheduled time. BJP’s strategy is to start the campaign ahead of time by fielding candidates on the lost seats.
List of ticket seekers from Mandi seat
A long list of candidates seeking BJP ticket is emerging from Mandi parliamentary seat. However, the first name being floated is that of former CM and Leader of Opposition Jairam Thakur, but Jairam Thakur has already said that he will not contest the elections. Apart from this, the prominent names of former BJP candidate Brigadier Khushal Thakur, President of Manali Municipal Council and President of HP Municipal Corporation/Vice President Federation Chaman Kapoor, BJP leader Ajay Rana and Ashray Sharma who had previously contested Lok Sabha elections are prominently mentioned. Are in discussion.
Have contested elections before also
Brigadier Khushal Thakur has previously been a BJP candidate in the Lok Sabha by-election but could not win. Brigadier Khushal Thakur is known as Kargil Hero. Chaman Kapoor has a good hold on Mandi and Kullu districts, because Mandi district is his birthplace and Kullu district is his workplace. Besides, he also has close ties with Jagat Prakash Nadda and Jairam Thakur. Even during times of disaster, he helped people a lot. BJP leader Ajay Rana has been struggling for the ticket for a long time. This time too Ajay Rana is in the race again. Ashray Sharma, who had earlier contested the Lok Sabha elections on Congress ticket, is also trying his best to get BJP ticket. Ashray Sharma has met Nadda and Jairam Thakur and expressed his views.
Kangana also expressed her desire
Along with this, former MP Maheshwar Singh is also hoping for a ticket. But the party can take any decision only considering his age. Film actress Kangana Ranaut has also expressed her desire to contest elections but BJP is unlikely to make her contest elections from Himachal. Apart from this, the names of former minister Gobind Singh Thakur and BJP state general secretary Bihari Lal Sharma are also in discussion. Apart from this, if we talk about Talbagars, there is a long list of them too.
FIRST PUBLISHED: February 9, 2024, 08:24 IST