Sitting BJP MP from Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, Balkrishna Shukla on Wednesday said he would be happy to vacate the seat for Narendra Modi, if the party decides to field him from the constituency.
“Modi is my political guru. He had encouraged me to contest the 2009 Lok Sabha polls when I was still the city mayor. I am very happy to vacate my seat for him. I have already communicated my willingness to the party leadership,” Mr. Shukla said.
The MP expressed confidence that Mr. Modi would win the seat with a thumping majority. “It would be a proud moment for Vadodara to elect the prime ministerial candidate,” he said.
Mr. Shukla had won the Vadodara seat with a margin of 1.32 lakh votes in 2009 Lok Sabha polls. He had replaced the three time seating BJP MP Jataben Thakkar after she had expressed her unwillingness to contest the parliamentary polls.
According to Bharat Dangar, president of the city unit of BJP, the party workers want Mr. Modi to contest from Vadodara.
He said Mr. Modi’s candidature from the constituency will enthuse the entire cadre and voters across Gujarat, especially central Gujarat, as Anand, Kheda and Dohad seats are currently held by the Congress.
The BJP has already declared that Mr. Modi will contest elections from the temple town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, replacing the sitting MP and senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who has been asked to contest from Kanpur.
Gujarat BJP had on Tuesday decided to recommend the name of veteran leader L. K. Advani to contest the Lok Sabha polls from his Gandhinagar constituency.
The state party unit also said it would strongly recommend that Mr. Modi should also contest from his home turf, too, as it is the “wish and demand of people of Gujarat as well as party workers.”
The final decision about Mr. Modi and Mr. Advani’s seats in Gujarat will be taken by the Central Election Committee during its meeting to be held on Wednesday in Delhi.