The BJP on Tuesday fielded actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency. Khanna represented Gurdaspur between 1998 and 2009. He had lost to Pratap Singh Bajwa of the Congress in 2009 by a thin margin.
The BJP announced the candidatures of its MLA Keshav Prasad Maurya from Allahabad, ignoring the claim of Sidharth Nath Singh, the grandson of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Police had recently registered an FIR against Maurya for inciting students to resort to rioting and arson while delivering a speech at a function in Allahabad University.
Arif Majeed Pampori was fielded from Srinagar for the Lok Sabha election.