Ahmedabad:  Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be in New Delhi on Thursday for finalisation of candidates for the first phase of Assembly elections.
Sources said that the chief minister will be attending a meeting of Central Election Committee (CEC) of BJP in the national capital to finalise the names of candidates for the first phase of Gujarat assembly elections.

"Modi will arrive in the capital on a flight from Ahmedabad between 3 pm and 4 pm on Thursday afternoon," said an official of the Gujarat Bhavan here.
"Chief Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national vice president and chairman of the election campaign committee Purshottam Rupala, state BJP chief R C Faldu and state BJP general secretary Bhikhubhai Dalsania will remain present at the meeting," BJP spokesperson Jagdish Bhavsar said here.
Following the notification by the Election Commission on November 17, filing of nominations has begun.
Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) of rebel BJP leader and former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel is also yet to announce candidates. November 24 is the last date for filing nomination.
Party sources said BJP had almost finalised 87 candidates for the first phase, but announcement would be made at the last moment, to discourage the disgruntled ones from quitting the party and seeking ticket elsewhere.


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