At a conference at the BJP’s office in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP figures are selecting the party’s candidates for the Gujarat assembly election.
Along with JP Nadda, the party president, and other top figures, Amit Shah, the interior minister, serves on the BJP’s central election committee.
The BJP, which has held office in PM Modi’s home state of Gujarat for more than 20 years, is optimistic that it will prevail again.
Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, and his Aam Aadmi Party, or AAP, are actively campaigning there, but the BJP insists they pose no significant threat to it.
According to anonymous sources cited by the news agency PTI, the BJP will likely decide on all 182 candidates during today’s meeting and release their names in the coming days.
Bhupender Patel, the chief minister of Gujarat, and CR Patil, the state unit’s president of the BJP, met in Delhi before the conference to finalize the list of potential candidates.
According to PTI, the BJP is reportedly aiming to add younger candidates and may remove many senior officials from the list to break previous records for seat victories.
The BJP won 99 seats in Gujarat’s most recent assembly election, while Congress took 77 seats.
The BJP currently has 111 seats in the 182-member house thanks to the defection of several Congress MLAs.
Gujarat will have two rounds of voting on December 1 and 5, with results announced on December 8.