PL Punia of Congress party speaks to ANI in New Delhi on Friday. [Photo/ANI]
PL Punia of Congress party speaks to ANI in New Delhi on Friday. [Photo/ANI]

Congress slams BJP for fielding Amit Shah instead of Advani from Gandhinagar

ANI | Updated: Mar 22, 2019 14:00 IST

New Delhi [India], March 22 (ANI): The Congress on Friday slammed the BJP for dropping party veteran LK Advani's name from its first list of Lok Sabha candidates.
Speaking to ANI, Congress leader PL Punia said, "An outstanding Parliamentarian like LK Advani will be replaced by Taripar Amit Shah. Now, people are clear that BJP is only run by Amit Shah."
Notably, Advani who contested the Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar seat for the first time in 1991 retained the constituency in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. In the ensuing elections, BJP president Amit Shah will be contesting from Gandhinagar constituency.
It was only once that Advani did not contest the elections in the year 1996 after his name found mention in Jain Hawala Diary Case.
The BJP on Thursday evening declared 184 candidates including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Textiles Minister Smriti Irani for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, beginning April 11 and concluding on May 19.
The counting of votes will take place on May 23. (ANI)