New Delhi Oct 21 : The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday released the first list of 77 candidates for the upcoming Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections but decided not to give tickets to its 14 sitting legislators, including minister Ramshila Sahu. “The list proved that the BJP had already lost the elections ahead of the contest. He said, “From the list it is clear that the BJP will not cross 25-mark in Chhattisgarh,” Congress spokesperson RP Singh said.
Apart from state minister Ramshila Sahu, some of the sitting MLAs who were excluded from the BJP’s first list of candidates were Yudhveer Singh Judev , Sunita Rathiya, Vidhyaratan Bhasin, Raju Khatriya, Bhojram Nag and Naveen Markandey
The party decided to field Chief Minister Raman Singh from the Rajnandgaon seat.The polls will take place in two phases in November.
Among the 77 candidates announced out of a total of 90 Assembly segments, 14 are women candidates and 14 sitting MLAs have been replaced with new names, Union Minister J. P. Nadda told reporters after the CEC meet attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.
Among those fielded by the BJP include former IAS officer O.P. Chaudhary and tribal leader Ramdayal Uike, who recently left the Congress and joined the BJP.
Chaudhary, the former collector of Raipur, has been fielded from Kharsia constituency while Uike will contest from Pali Tanakhar (ST) seat.
Besides, Chaudhary and Uike, the BJP named Ama Agarwal from Bilaspur, Brij Mohan Agrawal from Raipur city south and Chief Minister Raman Singh would contest from Rajnandgaon constituency seat.
The first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections will take place on November 12, where 18 constituencies in the Bastar region would go to polls. The BJP has announced 17 candidates for this phase, while the Congress announced 12 candidates for the region earlier this week.
Nadda also said that BJP will also contest Mizoram Assembly elections on 13 seats.
The BJP also released the list of 38 candidate for the upcoming Telangana.
“The party has considered the aspirations of our dedicated workers in Telangana region. Adequate representation has been given to representatives of all communities,” Nadda said.
Elections in Chhattisgarh is scheduled in two phases on November 12 and November 20, while the election in Mizoram and Telangana are scheduled on November 28 and December 7.
The counting of votes would take place on December 11.