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BJP Releases 1st List of 77 Candidates for Chhattisgarh Elections, Announces Contenders for Telangana & Mizoram

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The decision was taken after the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting of the party. Chief Minister Raman Singh is set to contest from Rajnandgaon seat.

BJP Releases 1st List of 77 Candidates for Chhattisgarh Elections, Announces Contenders for Telangana & Mizoram
Union health minister and Telangana BJP election in-charge Jagat Prakash Nadda announces the list.

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party released its first list of 77 candidates for the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh on Saturday and announced to contest polls on 38 out of 119 seats in Telangana.

The decision was taken after the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting of the party. Chief Minister Raman Singh has been fielded from Rajnandgaon, a seat from where Congress is yet to declare candidates. The Congress is out of power in the state for 15 years.

Announcing the list, Telangana BJP election in-charge Jagat Prakash Nadda further said that BJP will also contest Mizoram Assembly elections on 13 seats.

Eighteen naxal-affected constituencies will go to polls in the first phase on November 12, while the rest of the 72 constituencies would go to polls in the second phase on November 20.
Earlier in the day, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party had also released its second list of 12 candidates. The party has forged an alliance with former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and the Communist Party of India, and will contest 33 Assembly seats.

Meanwhile, nine more candidates have filed nomination papers for the first phase of Chhattisgarh polls. This takes the number of candidates who have filed their papers to 11.

On Saturday, two candidates each filed their papers for Rajnandgaon, Antagarh and Dantewada seats and one each for Khairagarh, Dongargarh and Dongargaon, an official said.

For Dantewada seat, Congress’s Devti Karma and Communist Party of India’s (CPI) Nanda Ram Sori filed their papers. Karma is the sitting Congress MLA from Dantewada. Others who filed nomination papers Saturday included Dinesh Singh (Shiv Sena) from Khairagarh and Rajkumar Sahu (Shiv Sena) from Dongargaon.

Nominations cannot be filed on Sunday, it being holiday, so only two days — October 22 and 23 — are now left for filing of nominations for the first phase, the official said.

| Edited by: Sumedha Kirti





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