BJP names four candidates for Punjab’s Lok Sabha elections, including Bathinda’s Parampal Kaur, a former IAS official

In addition to Udayanraje Bhosale, a Satara, Maharashtra native and the grandson of Maratha monarch Chhatrapati Shivaji, the BJP announced seven other candidates for the Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday.

Union minister Som Parkash from Hoshiarpur, Punjab, was ousted by the governing party; but, in order to retain the support of the powerful local leader, Anita Som Parkash, her husband was chosen to run for office.

It has put up Parampal Kaur Sidhu, a retired IAS official from Bathinda who hails from a powerful political family long linked to the Akali Dal.

The party has dropped its current MPs from both seats in Uttar Pradesh by fielding Vishwadeep Singh from Firozabad and Shashank Mani Tripathi from Deoria.

It is named after the West Bengali town of Diamond Harbour, Abhijit Das.

The party has announced its candidates for around 430 seats on the new list, with polling expected to open for 543 seats beginning on April 19.

In addition, the party unveiled its second list of 21 candidates for the Odisha assembly elections, including Rourkela-born former minister Dilip Ray.

The BJP has announced 133 candidates for the state elections so far.