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Lok Sabha Polls: BJP Asks Murli Manohar Joshi Not to Contest 2019 Elections

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| March 26 , 2019 , 14:52 IST

Former BJP president and Lok Sabha MP Murli Manohar Joshi has been asked by his party to not contest the coming general election, Manohar stated it in a message to voters in his Kanpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

The statement said BJP general secretary (organization) Ram Lal, an RSS appointee, had conveyed Joshi the party leadership’s decision that he should not be contesting the elections, according to PTI. BJP leaders were quoted as saying that the party has taken a “principled decision” and veterans should make the way for younger leaders.

The development comes days after its founding member L K Advani was replaced by Amit Shah for Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat.

In the 2014 election, Joshi had vacated his Varanasi seat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then won Kanpur by a record margin, securing 57% of the votes.

Joshi heads Parliament's Estimates Committee and some of its observations, including on jobs, the GDP and non-performing assets, embarrassed the government.

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Undoubtedly Opposition was quick to take a swipe at the BJP for this action, with Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal saying the move was an insult to Hindu culture. Sharad Yadav of the Lok Jantrik Dal said veterans were being denied tickets as the BJP top brass wanted to run the party in a "wrong way".