New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) core group is expected to meet on Sunday to finalise the names of candidates from the crucial state for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, party national president Amit Shah among other prominent leaders are expected to attend the meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 10 AM.

The meeting comes a day after BJP MP from Prayagraj Shyama Charan Gupta resigned from the party and joined Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP). Gupta will now contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from Banda on SP ticket. Meanwhile, the BJP and the Apna Dal announced a tie-up in Uttar Pradesh for Lok Sabha Elections on Friday. With the resolve of the Modi government once again (Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar), the BJP and the Apna Dal will fight the Lok Sabha elections in UP together,” BJP chief Amit Shah posted on Twitter.

Meanwhile earlier on Saturday, the Central Election Committee (CEC) of BJP held a meeting in the national capital. If reports are to be believed, the first list of 100 candidates were finalised in the late night meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at party headquarters in national capital.

On March 8, in a Parliamentary Board meeting of the party, it was decided that PM Modi will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Varanasi. In 2014, he had won from Varanasi with 5,81,022 votes. The constituency holds greater importance for the party, as the Prime Minister along with BJP allies had managed to win all eight assembly constituencies in the city during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is scheduled to begin from April 11. The voting for 7-phase polls will conclude on May 19 and counting of votes will be conducted on May 23. The results will be announced on the same day.