The list will also decide if the BJP is still at a fix regarding its big leaders and seating MPs. Let’s talk about the seating MPs first. The biggest suspense so far is related to party president and Ghaziabad MP Rajnath Singh. Several talks are making rounds if Rajnath will prefer to stick to NCR, which has seen a surge in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s popularity or contests from a new seat.

It needs to be seen if the first list can put a pause on such discussions. Buzz is also there that the BJP president may try his fortune from Lucknow seat and amid all these speculations, it would also be interesting to note that whether the BJP will bank on Lalji Tandon, the sitting MP in the state capital.

At the same time, one also needs to wait for a while to see if senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi tries his hands out from Varanasi or other place. All questions related to this multitude of issues will surface in a clearer manner in the first list.

BJP MP from Aonla Maneka Gandhi may contest from Pilibhit and her son Varun Gandhi is almost certain to plunge into political arena from Sultanpur. Besides, Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur and Ramakant Yadav from Azamgarh are expected to represent these respective seats.

However, the re-nomination of Kamlesh Paswan from Bansgaon will depend to a certain extent on Yogi Adityanath. The list will also make it clear the air on the saffron party putting money on its UP unit president Laxmikant Bajpai in Meerut or sticks to seating MP Rajendra Singh.

Kalyan Singh, who mended his ties of late with BJP, is almost certain to contest from Etah but all eyes are fixed on who would represent his home  district Aligarh. Sheela Gautam, who held the saffron party’s flag for four times in row from 1991 to 1999 in Aligarh, finished fourth in the last general elections. It would also be interesting to see BJP’s stand towards Vinay Katiyar, who conceded defeats in Lakhimpur Kheri (2004) and Ambedkar Nagar (2009).

One also needs to see whether party’s national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi contests from Rampur or not. Besides, it’s interesting to see if the party will field Kalraj Mishra in Kanpur, which is presently being held by Congress. Whether the party banks on Hukum Singh in Kairana seat is also being awaited.

It also needs to be seen if the BJP gives ticket to Samajwadi Party leader and Gonda MP Brajbhushan Sharan Singh, who is rumoured to be joining BJP soon and Fagu Chauhan, who recently left Bahujan Samaj Party.

The list will tell if former Mumbai Police commissioner Satyapal Singh tries his luck from Baghpat seat.

Besides, whom the party will field in Amethi and Rae Bareily seats to put up a formidable contest against Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi respectively, the list will answer all.


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