Patna: Speculations on who would be the replacement of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha from Patna Saheb seat took yet another turn on Monday as a number of party leaders in Bihar, under condition of anonymity, rejected the report of security baron R K Sinha being given party ticket while insisting Rajya Sabha member Ravi Shankar Prasad was the natural heir to the constituency viewed as one of the most sought-after and elite seats in the nation.

Following late night meetings of party leaders in Patna on Sunday, sources say while there was a faction that preferred R K Sinha as a replacement of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, others favored Ravi Shankar Prasad since he is a well-known brand and is, like Shatrughan Sinha, the son of the soil.

BJP state president, however, on Monday morning insisted no final decision was taken though the party was close to making a final announcement that is likely to come immediately after Holi that falls on March 20-21.

Meanwhile, Shatrughan Sinha himself has said that he will announce his plan on 22nd.

Speculations are rife on Sinha contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Patna Saheb on a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ticket though a few insist he is considering running as an independent and him being a nationally-recognized politician, securing votes would not be as big of a problem as the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo are hoping for.

Meanwhile, incumbent MP Ram Kripal Yadav is expected to defend his seat from Pataliputra constituency while Ashwini Choubey and Radha Mohan Singh are also going to retain their seats at Buxar and Motihari respectively.

Firebrand BJP leader Giriraj Singh has been moved from Nawada to Begusarai to make room for Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) candidate on his old seat.

Others whose names are all but finalized are Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Chhapra), Janardan Singh Sigriwal (Maharajganj), Raj Kumar Singh (Ara), Chhedi Paswan (Sasaram), Putul Devi (Banka), Rama Devi (Sheohar), Gopalji Thakur (Darbhanga), Ashok Yadav (Madhubani), Pradip Singh (Araria), Sanjay Agrawal (West Champaran), Radha Mohan Singh (East Champaran), Ajay Nishad (Muzaffarpur), Nityanand Rai (Ujiarpur), and Sushil Singh (Aurangabad).

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