The BJP issued clarification after the former Madhya Pradesh chief minster indicated that she is keen to contest from Jhansi, the constituency from where she has been allotted the ticket this time.

Meanwhile the BJP said it will put up ‘formidable’ candidates from Amethi and Rae Bareli.
"We will put formidable candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told reporters on Friday.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Amethi while his mother and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will be contesting from Rae Bareli.

When asked whether the BJP is deciding to field Smriti Irani or Bharti, Trivedi said, "Many suggestions have come from all quarters for certain parliamentary seats. But finally the party takes a decision considering all aspects and suggestions."

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev had earlier suggested the BJP to field Bharti from Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency.

"Though the Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded candidates in all constituencies, why has it not fielded a strong candidate from Rae Bareli,” he asked.

The yoga guru had said that he and his followers would campaign for Bharti if the BJP agreed to field her from Rae Bareli.


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