FOR Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) patriarch LKAdvani, it appears to be the end of road in electoral politics as his name did not figure in the first list of party candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP chose to field its President Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, the seat held by Advani so far.
Naranpura, from where Amit Shah had won the Assembly election in 2012 before he became Rajya Sabha member, is located in Ahmedabad city, but falls in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. The BJP’s State unit had demanded that either Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Shah should contest Lok Sabha election from the State this time. State Bharatiya Janata Party leaders had also demanded that Shah contest from Gandhinagar, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bastion.
The BJP had sent observers on March 16 to seek opinion of party workers and leaders in Gandhinagar, and most of them favoured Shah, party observer Nimaben Acharya had said. Workers felt that as the seat had been held by a national leader(Advani),someone among the party’s central leadership should contest from there, another party observer.