Published On: Sun, Mar 17th, 2019

Shotgun to be dropped, Ravi Shankar Prasad to get BJP ticket from Patna Saheb

New Delhi: The BJP is set to drop sitting MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha and he is likely to be replaced by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, sources said Saturday.

Actor-turned-politician Shotgun Sinha, who is the sitting BJP MP from Patna Saheb Lok Sabha seat is to be dropped.

Prasad’s name was discussed in the BJP’s central election committee here which was attended by party chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sinha has been critical of the party’s top leadership on several occasions in the past had put out a series of tweets that seemed to indicate that he will leave the party.

“Sir, the Nation respects you, but the only thing the leadership lacks is credibility & trust factor. “Leadership jo kar rahi hai or jo kah rahi hai, kya log uspe vishwas kar rahein hain? Shayad nahin!” Any way it all seems to be  too little and  too late?” he said.

“Promises made in the past are still to be fulfilled. Hope, wish and pray, though I may not be with you anymore – “Mohabbat karne vaale kam na honge, (shayad) teri mehfil mein lekin hum na honge”.” Sinha tweeted on Friday.

Sinha also shared the stage with opposition leaders at an anti-BJP rally in Kolkata in January.

According to sources, the decision was taken to field R K Singh from Ara parliamentary constituency. Further, the party is likely to field Sanjay Jaiswal from West Champaran and Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh from  East Champaran constituencies in Bihar.

Bihar will see polling in seven phases. The dates of polling in Bihar will be on April 11, 18, 23, 29 and May 6, 12 and 19. The counting will happen on May 23 and the results will be announced on the same day.

During the 2014 Lok Sabha General Elections, the BJP won 22 seats, Congress bagged two seats, Lok Jan Shakti Party captured six seats and Rashtriya Janata Dal won in four constituencies.

Meanwhile, sources said that while Saturday’s meet was held to deliberate on candidates that the party will field in various constituencies in 11 states.

The meeting was also attended by other senior leaders, Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and party’s Bihar unit chief Nityanand Rai.

The BJP Central Election Committee is likely to meet again on Monday and by March 22 the party may announce the list of all candidates.

TST

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