The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, party president J P Nadda, Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai and members of the parliamentary board.
The meeting was convened after the PM returned from Karnataka .
Party sources said the top brass has finalised the list and candidates for all seats may be announced in one go since Congress and JD(S) have already announced most of their candidates. However, there is a possibility that names of a few candidates may be announced a couple of days before the last day of filing nominations to pre-empt rebellion.
The Karnataka polls are slated for May 10 and the last date to file nominations is April 20. Counting of votes will be held on May 13.
On Saturday, Amit Shah held a meeting at Nadda’s residence to discuss the list of candidates. Bommai, Karnataka BJP president Nalinkumar Kateel, former Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa, Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya and other leaders were present at Nadda’s house.
Party sources said the core group of BJP in Karnataka had shortlisted threenames for each assembly seat, which was placed before the central election committee.
On April 4, BJP’s core group in Karnataka drew up a shortlist of candidates in a meeting with the party’s national general secretary Arun Singh, state election in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan, co-in-charge Mansukh Mandaviya, central election committee member Annamalai, Yediyurappa and Bommai
BJP had emerged as the largest party in the last assembly elections, winning 104 seats, with Congress winning 80 and JD(S) 37 seats. The term of the Karnataka assembly will end on May 24.