Four problematic Members of Parliament are absent from the BJP’s initial list for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

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The initial list of candidates that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) submitted for the Lok Sabha elections in 2024 did not include the names of Parvesh Verma, Jayant Sinha, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, or Ramesh Bidhuri. These individuals were not included on the list.On Saturday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) presented its initial list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in 2018. The list, which featured the names of 195 candidates, was made public.

It is possible that the party replaced as many as 33 members of parliament who were already serving with new faces. Former Union Minister and Member of Parliament for Hazaribagh Jayant Sinha, Parvesh Verma, son of former Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Member of Parliament for Bhopal, and Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament for South Delhi, were among the notable individuals who were not included on the initial list of candidates that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) submitted.

The high command of the BJP might be the intended recipient of this letter, according to one interpretation. As a direct consequence of this, the initial list of candidates that the BJP published did not contain any of these persons.

BJP’s first Lok Sabha election candidate list: 4 big names missing.

1. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur: The BJP has fielded Alok Sharma for the Bhopal seat in Madhya Pradesh, replacing incumbent MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur. During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Thakur gained prominence as one of the ‘giant killers,’ securing victory over Congress stalwart Digvijaya Singh by an impressive margin of 3,64,822 votes. Despite her electoral success, Thakur’s tenure has been marred by controversies.

Prior to the 2019 polls, she sparked outrage by comparing Hemant Karkare, an Ashok Chakra awardee and former Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) chief, to mythological figures Ravan and Kans. Her remarks on Karkare’s demise during the Mumbai terror attacks further fueled controversy, leading to a show-cause notice from the Election Commission of India (ECI), prompting the BJP to distance itself from her.

Subsequently, Thakur stirred another controversy by praising Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, as a patriot. Despite issuing an apology, her statements continued to draw condemnation, including from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who termed them as “extremely condemnable.”

2. Ramesh Bhiduri: Ramesh Bidhuri, the BJP MP, recently sparked a massive controversy by making derogatory remarks directed at MP Danish Ali during a discussion on the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission. Videos of Bidhuri’s contentious comments targeting Danish Ali quickly circulated on social media, drawing widespread criticism.

BJP president JP Nadda has reportedly issued a show cause notice to Ramesh Bidhuri, their party MP, over his use of objectionable language against Danish Ali within the Parliament. The offending remarks were expunged from the Parliamentary records, and defence minister Rajnath Singh promptly expressed regret for Bidhuri’s conduct during the session.

3. Parvesh Verma: From the West Delhi constituency of Delhi, the BJP has fielded Kamaljeet Sehrawat dropping its sitting MP Parvesh Verma. Kamaljeet Sahrawat is the former mayor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation and is one of party’s strong faces in Delhi MCD. Last year, there were reports that the leadership of the BJP has strongly condemned Parvesh Verma’s remarks, which called for an “economic boycott” of a particular community.

Verma made these comments during a gathering titled ‘Virat Hindu Sabha,’ organised by the local unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other Hindu organisations in East Delhi on October 9 last year. In a speech, Verma advocated for a “complete boycott” of “these people,” without explicitly naming any particular community.

4. Jayant Sinha: BJP’s Hazaribag MLA Manish Jaiswal replaces sitting party MP Jayant Sinha from Hazaribag Lok Sabha seat. Jaiswal won the Hazaribag assembly constituency in 2019 by defeating Congress’ Dr Ramchandra Prasad. Sinha, son of former union minister Yashwant Sinha, said earlier in the day that he had requested party president JP Nadda to relieve him from direct electoral duties.

In 2019, Jayant Sinha said he and some other BJP leaders provided financial assistance to pay the legal fees of the persons accused of lynching a meat trader in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh in 2017. His admission came a year after he triggered a controversy by felicitating and posing with the six accused after they were released on bail and taken straight to the minister’s residence in Hazaribagh.

 

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