The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday released its second list well past midnight. Among the candidates declared is State Minister Girish Bapat as its candidate from the Pune Lok Sabha seat.

“The BJP has shown trust in me by giving me the Lok Sabha ticket. It will be my 10th election and I am confident to win this time,” said Bapat.

Bapat has been representing the Kasba assembly seat in the state assembly from quite a long time (1995, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014) and was included in the cabinet after the BJP came to power in 2014. He is currently Cabinet Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Food and Drugs Administration, Parliamentary Affairs in Government of Maharashtra.

Girish Bapat is a well known and popular face in Pune, hailing from the Amravati district, Girish Bapat began his career in 1973 with Tata Motors (then known as Telco) and simultaneously undertook activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh(RSS). He was appointed as Secretary BJP Pune City in 1980. Elected in Pune Municipal Corporation by-election in 1983 and win 3 terms. He was also appointed as Standing Committee Chairman of Pune Municipal Corporation in 1986-87. First time elected as Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1995. Then he appointed as Director of Krishna Khore Vikas Mahamandal in 1997.