Union Law & Justice and IT & Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has given his first reaction to being named the NDA's Lok Sabha election candidate for Bihar's Patna Sahib constituency.
Speaking to mediapersons shortly after the NDA's Bihar list was announced, Ravi Shankar Prasad said:
"Patna is my city. I was born there, I studied there, I became a karyakarta there, I started my work there. I may have been working on the national stage but with Patna I have an intrinsic link. The party has given me a ticket, I'm very happy and thankful."
"This is an election of aspirations. It is an election to make Narendra Modi the PM again. It is an election for the development agenda of India and to make India safe."
He elaborated on his vision and how he intends to serve the constituency, stating, "Patna Sahib is Bihar's capital. We have done quite a lot of work there in the IT space. I will take this forward. And the most important thing is that the electorate of Patna are very aware and know which direction Bihar has to go."
Ravi Shankar Prasad, who has been a Rajya Sabha MP for Bihar since the year 2000 replaces sitting BJP-rebel MP Shatrughan Sinha who had won the elections to the seat in both 2009 and 2014.
In 2009, Sinha, the actor-turned politician, had won by a significant margin - 316 thousand votes to 149 thousand votes - against the second-placed RJD candidate, whereas in 2014 he had managed to better that result, beating the second-placed Congress candidate with 485 thousand votes versus 220 thousand.
As per sources, Shatrughan Sinha may be given a ticket by the Congress party to contest the elections again from the Patna Sahib constituency, in which case it'll be a direct face-off between two politicians who have each been ministers in NDA governments.
"This battle will be fought on the issues", Ravi Shankar Prasad said on being asked about Shatrughan Sinha.