New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday released the first list of 182 candidates, naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and party president Amit Shah from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

Addressing the press conference, Union Minister JP Nadda also announced that the general elections will be fought by VK Singh from Ghaziabad, Hema Malini from Mathura, Sakshi Maharaj from Unnao, Smriti Irani from Amethi.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be held in seven phases beginning April 11. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23.