The BJP today released its first list of 77 candidates for the Chhattisgarh assembly polls after extended deliberations at the party's central election committee meeting.
The party decided to field Chief Minister Raman Singh from the Rajnandgaon seat at the meeting attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. Union Minister JP Nadda later told reporters that 14 of the 77 candidates announced are women.
Among others fielded by the BJP are former IAS officer OP Chaudhary and tribal leader Ramdayal Uike, who recently left the Congress and joined the BJP. Mr Chaudhary, the former collector of Raipur, has been fielded from Kharsia constituency while Uike will contest from the Pali Tanakhar (ST) seat. The BJP also named Ama Agarwal from Bilaspur and Brij Mohan Agrawal from Raipur city south.
Nadda then revealed that the BJP will contest the Mizoram Assembly elections from 13 seats. The party also released a list of 38 candidates for the upcoming Telangana polls.
"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 will be held on November 12 and November 20 in two phases, while the elections in Mizoram and Telangana are scheduled for November 28 and December 7. The counting of votes will take place on December 11.