Advani, who is keen to contest from Bhopal this time, is said to be upset over the delay in announcement of his candidature.

Reports suggest that Advani does not want to contest again from Gandhinagar. He has been representing Gandhinagar in Lok Sabha since 1998-99. BJP’s Madhya Pradesh Election Committee wants Advani to contest from Bhopal.

A decision from where Advani will contest will be announced after the crucial Central Election Committee meet today, which is also expected to take a final call on the second constituency from where BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will contest.

Modi called 86-year-old Advani earlier in the day and urged him to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar.

Sources said that Advani is likely to be fielded again from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat while Modi may contest from either Baroda or Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha seat.

The BJP’s Gujarat unit has sent Advani’s name for Gandhinagar while it has strongly recommended that Modi should contest also from his home state as it is the ‘wish and demand of the people of Gujarat as well as party workers’.

Vadodara MP ready to vacate seat for Modi

Sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Vadodara, Balkrishna Shukla, has said that he would be happy to vacate the seat for Modi if the party decides to field him from the constituency.

Shukla called Modi his political guru, and expressed confidence that the Gujarat Chief Minister would win the seat with a thumping majority.

"It would be a proud moment for Vadodara to elect the prime ministerial candidate," he said on Wednesday.

Modi's candidature from Varanasi seat has already been declared by the party and a decision on his Gujarat seat is expected on Wednesday.

The decision to field Modi from Varanasi has been taken keeping into consideration that his contesting from Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats will be critical for his prime ministerial aspirations. Moreover, it will strengthen the prospects of BJP candidates in the state, particularly in the eastern region, which accounts for 32 seats.

The BJP, which has so far declared 201 candidates, is likely to announce another 100 seats after the Central Election Committee meeting today.

Sources said the BJP may announce the candidates to be fielded from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

"Out of the 26 seats of the state, we have finalized panel of three names for 25 seats, barring only one constituency of Gandhinagar. On the Gandhinagar seat, we have recommended party leader LK Advaniji," Gujarat BJP general secretary Vijay Rupani said.


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