With the series of defeats in by-polls for the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah have decided to field party veteran leaders in 2019 elections. Narendra Modi had contested from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in the previous elections. But, Modi has failed to fulfil the promises made to Varanasi. The BJP decided to give back Varanasi seat to Murali Manohar Joshi in 2019 elections. It is learnt that Amit Shah had already met LK Advani and asked him to contest in 2019 polls. Another reason to bring back party seniors is to open friendship with NDA allies, who were deserting the BJP.