New Delhi । BJP President Amit Shah will make his debut in Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar.
The Gandhinagar seat is currently held by veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani.
Ninety-one-year-old Advani represented the Gandhinagar seat for six terms, except for 1996. In 2014 elections Advani won Gandhinagar seat with a huge vote margin of 4.83 lakh.
BJP sources said the key aim of Shah contesting elections and that too from Gandhinagar was to rev up the party cadres across Gujarat with a goal to win all 26 seats in the state again. Secondly, Gandhinagar is the safest seat and the Congress has never won from here since 1989.
BJP spokesperson Prashant Vala said: “The announcement of Shah’s name has electrified the cadres and there is an atmosphere of celebration everywhere. There is no doubt about the BJP winning all the Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat.”
Reacting to the news, Congress spokesperson Pragati Ahir said: “It is the fear of loss of many seats in Gujarat that has prompted the BJP president to contest elections from Gandhinagar.”
Just over a year ago, Shah was sent to the Rajya Sabha and now the party was “rushing him to contest Lok Sabha polls,” she said.
According to sources, BJP patriarch Advani neither expressed his wish nor was he asked if he would like to contest the elections.
BJP chief Amit Shah will contest the Lok Sabha polls for the first time. In 2017, he was elected to Rajya Sabha after a 20-year-long stint in Gujarat Assembly. He was also a minister in the Narendra Modi-led state government between 2002-2010.