With these 64 names, the party has announced the name of its 249 candidates so far for the parliamentary polls which will be held in seven phases beginning from 11 April and ending on 19 May. The counting will take place on 23 May.
Out of the 64 names, 47 were announced in two different lists issued by the party on Saturday, while the names of its 17 candidates were shared with media by the BJP in a joint press conference with its allies in Patna.
These names include 23 nominees for Andhra Pradesh, six candidates for Maharashtra and Telangana, five for Odisha, three for Uttar Pradesh and one candidate each for Assam, Kerala and Meghalaya were announced today besides names of its 17 nominees for Bihar.
The party is contesting on 40 Lok Sabha seats of Bihar in alliance with JD(U) and LJP, where both BJP and JD(U) will fight on 17 seats each and LJP on remaining six.
The big names which were announced on Saturday include Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who will be now party’s candidate from Patna replacing film actor and sitting MP Shatrughan Sinha.
Party also announced the candidature of its national spokesperson Sambhit Patra from Puri, where Modi’s name was also speculated as the candidate.
Party has also changed the seat of Union minister Giriraj Singh from Nawada to Begusarai in Bihar.
BJP releases list of 64 candidates for Lok Sabha polls – Times of India