The BJP on Saturday released its first list of 77 candidates for the Chhattisgarh Assembly election, fielding Chief Minister Raman Singh from Rajnandgaon.
The State has 90 Assembly seats. On the BJP list, 14 are women candidates and 14 MLAs have been replaced with new names, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda said.
The list was finalised at the BJP’s central election committee meeting chaired by party president Amit Shah and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Among those fielded include former IAS officer O.P. Chaudhary and tribal leader Ramdayal Uike, who recently joined the BJP from the Congress.
Chhattisgarh goes to the polls in two phases on November 12 and 20. The votes will be counted on December 11. The BJP also released a list of 38 candidates for the Telangana Assembly polls. There are a total of 119 Assembly candidates in the State. The party also released a list of 13 candidates for the polls in Mizoram.
The Bahujan Samaj Party released its second list of 12 candidates for Chhattisgarh.
The Mayawati-led party has forged an alliance with the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh, led by former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, and the Communist Party of India, and will contest 33 seats.
The BSP’s lone MLA, Keshav Prasad Chandra, has been renominated from Jaijaipur. Mr. Jogi’s daughter-in-law Richa Jogi has been fielded from Akaltara.
The BSP’s State president, Omprakash Batchpayi, will contest in Nawagarh. Under the alliance agreement, the Janata Congress will contest 55 seats and the BSP 33. The CPI will contest the Sukma and Dantewada seats.
Nine candidates filed nomination papers for the first phase in Chhattisgarh on Saturday, taking the total to 11.
On Saturday, two each filed their papers for Rajnandgaon, Antagarh and Dantewada and one each for Khairagarh, Dongargarh and Dongargaon, an official said.
For Dantewada, Devti Karma of the Congress, who is the sitting MLA, and Nanda Ram Sori of the CPI filed their papers.