Narendra Modi likely to contest LS polls from Gujarat & UP

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New Delhi, July 11: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the prime leader under whom the BJP is preparing for the crucial Lok Sabha elections in 2014, is likely to contest from two Lok Sabha seats, from Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

Sources said that Modi's candidature from the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh has been supported by the RSS.


According to the sources, the BJP needs to grow in UP, which sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha, and Modi is likely to contest from a seat in eastern UP. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, projected by the media as Modi's main rival for the prime ministerial post, is an MP from Amethi, a stronghold of the Gandhis in UP.

The idea of Modi contesting from UP, however, hasn't gone down well with the state leaders. Both Beni Prasad Verma of the Congress and Mulayam Singh Yadav, the chief of the Samajwadi Party, who share an acrid relation, have criticised Modi over the latter's contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh.

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