Kangana Ranaut makes her political debut as BJP candidate from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi

Actress Kangana Ranaut will contest from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi in the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections.

On Sunday, the BJP released its fifth list of 111 candidates for the Lok Sabha election 2024, which included Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut from Mandi and Arun Govil from Meerut. Kangana, who has frequently expressed her admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Arun Govil, who played Ram in the classic television series Ramayan, will be making their electoral debuts.

Varun Gandhi has been removed from the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh candidate list, while his mother, Maneka Gandhi, keeps Sultanpur. The BJP has removed former Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde from the Uttara Kannada constituency, as well as Union Minister Ashwini Choubey from Buxar. Sita Soren, who left the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha to join the BJP, will contest from Dumka.

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Naveen Jindal, who left the Congress on Sunday and joined the BJP, has been fielded from Kurukshetra in Haryana. Gen VK Singh (retd), who announced his retirement from electoral politics hours before the 5th list was released, was not included on the list.

There has been no announcement about embattled MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the former chief of the Wrestling Federation of India.

Kangana Ranaut expressed her delight at being officially welcomed into the party after Mandi declared her name.”My beloved Bharat and Bhartiya Janta’s own party, Bharatiya Janta party ( BJP) has always had my unconditional support, today the national leadership of BJP has announced me as their Loksabha candidate from my birth place Himachal Pradesh, Mandi (constituency) I abide by the high command’s decision on contesting Loksabha polls. I feel honoured and elated to officially join the party. I look forward to be a worthy karyakarta and a reliable public servant,” Kangana Ranaut posted on X.

Other remarkable mentions from the 5th list are Nityanand Rai from Ujiarpur, Giriraj Singh from Begusarai, Ravi Shankar Prasad from Patna Sahib, Jagadish Shettar from Belagaum, K Sudhakaran from Chikkaballapur, Dharmendra Pradhan from Sambalpur, Pratap Sarangi from Balasore, Sambit Patra from Puri, Aparajita Sarangi from Bhubaneshwar, Jitin Prasada from Pilibhit, Raju Bista from Darjeeling, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay from Tamluk, Dilip Ghosh from Bardhaman-Durgapur.