Advani's seat to be announced in BJP's next candidates' list

New Delhi, March 17: The BJP's fifth list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha election is likely to confirm the second seat of party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and also whether LK Advani will contest from Gandhinagar in Gujarat or shift to Bhopal.

Sources said Modi is likely to contest from Ahmedabad East constituency in Gujarat besides Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, which was announced in the fourth list released on Saturday night. Reports said that Baroda and Surat were earlier suggested as probable seats from where Modi would contest. All these three seats in Gujarat are happy hunting grounds for the BJP.

According to a report published in the Economic Times, Advani, the sitting MP from Gandhinagar, although did not show any interest to shift his base, party's MP from Bhopal Kailash Joshi, who has refused to contest this time, invited the 86-year-old leader to contest from his seat. The BJP hasn't yet declared any candidate from Bhopal, keeping the speculation alive that it might go Advani's way.

The BJP's fifth list will be announced on March 19, said the report, and it will include Gujarat, Rajasthan and the remaining 22 seats of Uttar Pradesh and five seats of Madhya Pradesh. The fates of former army chief VK Singh, Vasundhara Raje's son Dushyant Singh, former Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore, veteran leader Jaswant Singh and actor-turned politician Hema Malini are likely to be decided in this list.

Hema Malini, a former Rajya Sabha MP, has shown interest in contesting from Mathura, the report added.

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