A senior party leader said to the sources that the candidate for Patna Saheb will be discussed by BJP's Bihar state election committee. The Chief Election Commission of India is expected to finalise candidates for the Lok Sabha election by Jan-end.
Shatrughan Sinha served two terms in the Rajya Sabha as a BJP MP from Bihar. He was denied another term as the party does not favour a third consecutive term in the Upper House. Party sources said that there are other leaders who are eyeing the Patna Saheb seat. The front-runner is Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is also party Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson. Party has also given addition responsibility of handling BJP affairs in Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu to Prasad.
There are speculations that Shatrughan Sinha might join Samajwadi Party if he didn't get BJP ticket to contest.&13;
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)&13;