India, March 22 -- Contrary to rumours, the BJP chose its sitting parliamentarian Ajay Tamta from Almora seat in the hill state of Uttarakhand to fight the Lok Sabha election this year once again.

The announcement came amid reports that Ajay Tamta could be replaced with BJP legislator and state cabinet minister Rekha Arya, who had been lobbying hard for the parliamentary constituency reserved for members of the Scheduled Castes. Incidentally, both Tamta and Arya are SCs.

There were reports that Ajay Tamta might not be given a chance again from Almora owing to two factors: His declining popularity and low profile.

But the party brass seems to have given him preference because of his administrative experience. For unlike Arya, he is a mi...