The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held its Central Election Committee(CEC) meeting till the wee hours of Sunday to finalize the candidates of 11 states and it was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.
The meeting ended at 2 a.m as Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Kiren Rijiju were among those who attended the meet.
Besides Assam and the North East, candidates of Bihar, Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunachal, Manipur, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir figured in the deliberations..
In Assam, the speculation is continuing as till midnight all the caps of BJP remained anxious as there are dramatic last minute changes including the non fielding of Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma from Assam.
Amit Shah is likely to meet with the core committee of the party on Sunday too after which the BJP is expected to announce its first list of candidates, sources said.