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BJP announces Ravi Kishan as its candidate from Gorakhpur, Praveen Nishad from Sant Kabir Nagar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Lucknow 

In a surprise move, the BJP Monday announced Bhojpuri film star as its candidate from Gorakhpur, the bastion of UP Yogi Adityanath, instead of the widely-speculated candidature of sitting who recently joined the party.

Nishad has been fielded from Sant Kabir Nagar, with the BJP dropping sitting who had created a political storm by beating a local BJP MLA with shoes.

However, Sharad Tripathi's father, Ramapati Ram Tripathi, has been given BJP ticket from neighbouring Deoria, as per the latest party list of seven candidates in

Ramapati was the UP during the 2009 elections. Deoria was represented by former Union

Last year, Nishad, a of SP-BSP, had defeated BJP's Upendra Shukla in in a surprise bypoll win, after Adityanath, who had represented the seat five times since 1998, became the

However, Nishad joined the BJP earlier this month and there was speculation that he might be party's candidate from

Nishad is son of the Sanjay Nishad, the of the Nishad Party, which ended its alliance with the SP-BSP last week and joined hands with the BJP.

With the list of candidates releases by the party Monday, the BJP has so far announced candidates for 420 Lok Sabha seats for the seven-phase elections which will start on April 11 and continue till May 19.

The saffron party has decided to field UP from Ambedkarnagar. It has also given ticket to Sangam Lal Gupta from Pratapgarh, the parliamentary constituency that was won by BJP ally Apna Dal in 2014.

The party has fielded KP Singh from Jaunpur and from Bhadohi, it said.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 18:05 IST