In a clear signal from the BJP's first list of candidates, party's veterans from Himachal Pradesh - among them Shanta Kumar, 84, a member of the outgoing house - may not be fielded for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections owing to the party's age bar.
The hill state has four Lok Sabha seats and all are represented by the BJP.
"The party doesn't want to annoy its senior leader Shanta Kumar. So the high command has asked Jai Ram Thakur to hold talks with him to look for his prospective replacement," a senior party leader told IANS.
Hamirpur's three-time MP Anurag Thakur, who is facing anti-incumbency, and Mandi first-time MP Ram Swaroop Sharma, who is known for his proximity to Chief Minister Thakur, may be retained this time, a senior leader said.
The BJP had initially decided to field its sitting MPs from all the four seats.
The BJP had created history in 2014 Lok Sabha elections by sweeping all four seats.
The party, which is also at the state's helm, wants a repeat of the 2014 performance under the (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi factor.
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