State Times News JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir BJP unit on Friday said it has finalised candidates for six parliamentary constituencies in the State and will submit the list to the party’s parliamentary board in Delhi. The names were finalised at a meeting of the party’s state election committee which met here under the chairmanship of national vice president and state in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna, a BJP spokesman said. “A threadbare discussion was held on every single name before a final report was drafted to be presented to the parliamentary board,” he said. According to inside reports threadbare discussions were done on each and every seat and panel of names were discussed before short listing the final nominees in the crucial meeting. A senior party leader, requesting anonymity, revealed the central parliamentary committee is most likely to back both the sitting parliamentarians, Dr Jitendra Singh and Jugal Kishore Sharma for two Lok Sabha seats from Jammu region while consensus was evolved over the names of party nominees from Kashmir valley. In case of Ladakh, the party leaders discussed three names and finalised name of a young and popular leader to represent the party from Ladakh. Another senior party leader confirmed that the Parliamentary board of the party is authorised and the final authority to finalise the names. Among the prominent leaders who attended the meeting were Union minister Jitendra Singh, State party unit president Ravinder Raina, Organisational Secretary Ashok Kaul and BJP MP Jugal Kishore. Khanna exuded confidence that the party will win over 400 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Late in the evening, the State President Ravinder Raina and Organisation Secretary Ashok Koul left for the national capital along with Khanna where final call be taken over the recommendations of State panel. The duo from the state will remain available for any further consultations if found necessary during the parliamentary board meeting. They are also likely to brief the high command about the Ladakh seat where Thusptan Chewang is reported to be disinclined to contest polls. He had resigned from the Lok Sabha seat mid last year. Sources told STATE TIMES that since the political scenario has hugely changed in the desert region with upgrading Ladakh as a separate division, the BJP leaders are hopeful about roping in Chewang again who has established his credibility as a strong man from the region after resigning.
The BJP also sees bright electoral prospect with amicable resolution of the unrest in Kargil on the rotational shifting of divisional headquarters.
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