New Delhi: Uncertainty still looms large in the BJP over 22 seats of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections. The party top brass is divided on whether to field former party president Rajnath Singh's son Pankaj for the Varanasi seat and has not been able to zero in on the constituency for the minister’s son. 

The BJP on Friday released its fifth list of 34 candidates for Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, which includes four women and five Scheduled Caste candidates.

However, the saffron brigade is still undecided over the Varanasi seat which is most favoured by Rajnath Singh's son Pankaj. Sources said, Pankaj was offered to contest from Jewar seat to which he denied. Following which other candidate was finalized for this seat on the fifth list.

Significantly, Gadkari through distribution of tickets have made it clear that seats would be distributed only after gauging the candidate’s caliber. Earlier, a survey was also conducted in this regard.

Meanwhile, the party has brought in new faces in most of the constituencies. It has fielded Raj Lakshmi Verma from the newly-created Kursi constituency in Barabanki district. Raj Lakshmi Verma joined the party less than a week back though she had been a BJP MLA in the past.

From the backwards castes, the party has fielded Laxminarayan Yadav from Shikohabad in Firozabad district, Shivpratap Rajput Lodhi from Dibiyapur in Ramabai Nagar, Rakesh Singh Baghel from Mehandawal in Basti district, Vijaylal Yadav from Jangipur in Ghazipur district and RP Kushwaha from Shivpur in Varanasi district.

(JPN/ Bureau)