However, the much-expected consideration of seats in Uttar Pradesh was not made in Thursday’s meeting of the party's Central Election Committee which will meet again on Saturday to decide its candidates. The candidates in Gujarat, the home state of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will also be taken up on Saturday.

Jayant Sinha, the son of former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and Poonam Mahajan, the daughter of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, were also fielded by the party in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

According to the list of candidates released by BJP, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj will contest from Vidisha constituency in Madhya Pradesh, former RJD leader Ram Kripal Yadav will fight against Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti from Pataliputra constituency in Bihar.

Former Janata Dal (U) leader and sitting MP Sushil Singh, who joined BJP, has been given Aurangabad seat.

Former Home Secretary RK Singh, who joined BJP after his retirement from service, will be in fray in Arrah Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar. Party Spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain
will contest from his Bhagalpur constituency, while Rajya Sabha member Rajiv Pratap Rudy from Saran Lok Sabha seat.

Yashwant Sinha's son will contest from Hazaribagh constituency in Jharkhand after Sinha opted out.  

"The decision was taken after senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha expressed his desire not to contest elections due to his age and said he will continue to serve the party by remaining
out of electoral politics," BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar said.

Pramod Mahajan's daughter and BJYM secretary Poonam Mahajan has been fielded by the party from Mumbai North-Central constituency against Priya Dutt of Congress.

The party said the candidate for Patna Saheb seat in Bihar will be decided after consultations with sitting MP from there Shatrughan Sinha.

Former Rajya Sabha member SS Ahluwalia has been fielded by the party in Darjeeling seat in West Bengal while Sumitra Mahajan will contest from her Indore constituency in Madhya
Pradesh.

In Madhya Pradesh, state BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar will contest from Gwalior seat.
    
The party today finalised a total of 97 candidates in 11 states, including 25 in Bihar, 24 in Madhya Pradesh, 13 in Jharkhand, 14 in Kerala, 7 in West Bengal, 6 in Assam, 5 in Karnataka and 2 in Maharashtra.

This was the third list of BJP nominees and the first two lists had featured 106 candidates. With this, the party has declared a total of 203 candidates.

(Agencies)

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