2024 Lok Sabha Elections: BJP likely to finalise LS tickets by January-end, before EC poll schedule. Here’s why

The BJP is preparing to announce its candidates for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls early, with the possibility of Rajya Sabha heavyweights entering the field, according to sources. The party aims to leverage PM Modi's popularity and win an unprecedented majority.

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First Published27 Dec 2023
The BJP is planning to announce 2024 Lok Sabha election candidates early and is encouraging Rajya Sabha heavyweights to join the race.
The BJP is planning to announce 2024 Lok Sabha election candidates early and is encouraging Rajya Sabha heavyweights to join the race.

2024 Lok Sabha Polls: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is prepared to announce its candidates for the Lok Sabha early amid speculations that the party's top brass is encouraging a few Rajya Sabha heavyweights to take the field, according to a report published by The Times of India. 

Sources stated that this will lead to open doors for others in the Rajya Sabha. However, no final decision has been taken yet. They stated that a few prominent faces may also be asked to contest the polls. 

“It makes more sense to announce the Lok Sabha slate earlier because Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity will be much more strongly in play for the central elections,” they said, adding that the party may start announcing the names of candidates by January-end. The poll dates are expected to be out in February or March. 

The BJP has set its sights on winning an "unprecedented majority" in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections after a stupendous victory in assembly polls in three states - Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. 

At a recent meeting, senior BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah and PM Modi, chalked out key strategies ahead of the elections. 

During the meeting, PM Modi urged key organisational leaders to work towards boosting the party's vote share by 10%, while Amit Shah said that the BJP's performance should leave the Opposition “stunned".

The prime minister also called for raising the BJP's vote share by 10% from its show in the 2019 polls when the ruling party had fetched over 37% of votes while the National Democratic Alliance led by it had bagged around 45% votes.

The party's top brass did not set any specific seat target but emphasised ensuring a win that should be bigger than its 2019 performance when the BJP had bagged 303 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats.

The PM even emphasised the need to reach out to women, youth, farmers, and the poor - whom he has often described as the four biggest “castes”, and asked party leaders to connect a maximum number of these people with the ongoing 'Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra', which aims at attaining saturation of his government's flagship welfare schemes.

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