LUCKNOW: The BJP has released a list of its 40 star campaigners for the UP Assembly elections in which, surprisingly, senior leader LK Advani and a few other prominent names are missing.
Varun Gandhi, Murali Manohar Joshi and Varun Gandhi are among the few missing from the list. However, controversial leader Yogi Adityanath appears on the list.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party national president Amit Shah, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari are some of the important names on the list.
It is for the first time since the formation of the BJP in 1980 that Advani and Joshi will not be campaigning for the party in any election. The two are now the part of party’s ‘margdarshak mandal’ but the absence of the name of Varun Gandhi, who has been one of the most prominent campaigners of the party in earlier elections, is a surprising development.