Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.(Photo: Reuters)
Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Tuesday, 26 March, said that he has been told not to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking to CNN-News18, he was quoted as saying, "Like LK Advani, I have been told not to contest."
Joshi is currently a member of Parliament from the Kanpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh. From 2009 to 2014, he was an MP from the Varanasi constituency, which was from where PM Narendra Modi subsequently contested.
Notably, Joshi's name, along with Advani's, is also missing from the list of 40 star campaigners for the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, reported ANI.
Photo: The Quint)
A letter addressed to the voters of Kanpur, purportedly from Joshi, has also been circulating the social media, wherein he points that the BJP has “conveyed” to him to not contest the Lok Sabha election “from Kanpur and elsewhere”.
This development comes after another BJP veteran, LK Advani, was not fielded from the Gandhinagar seat for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Instead, the party announced the candidature of Amit Shah from the Gujarat capital. Ninety-one-year-old Advani has won the Gandhinagar seat six times.—The QUINT