Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 6 March released its first list of candidates to fight the upcoming assembly polls in West Bengal. Suvendu Adhikari has been fielded from the Nandigram constituency, where he will take on TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.
“BJP’s Central Election Committee has approved the names of candidates on 57 seats for West Bengal Assembly elections,” BJP General Secretary Arun Singh said as he released the list.
The party has allocated the Baghmundi seat to ally AJSU.
“Out of 57 seats announced, the Baghmundi seat has been given to AJSU for West Bengal Assembly elections,” Arun Singh said.
On 5 March, Mamata Banerjee had announced the list of 291 candidates for the upcoming polls. She said she has decided to contest from Nandigram seat only. The TMC list includes 50 women, 42 muslim candidates.
Three candidates of the Bimal Gurung faction of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), an ally of the TMC, will be contesting from the remaining three seats in Darjeeling.
Affirming her candidature from the high profile Nandigram seat, Banerjee will vacate her traditional Bhowanipore seat in Kolkata, as she threw a challenge to her protege-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari, who crossed over to the BJP in December.
“I will contest from Nandigram as I stick to my words. From Bhowanipore constituency, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay will be contesting in the upcoming Assembly elections,” Banerjee said while releasing TMC candidate list for the state polls.
In January this year, Banerjee had announced that she would contest elections from the Nandigram seat in Purba Medinipur district.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing a mega-rally at Kolkata’s iconic Brigade Parade ground on 7 March, which is said to be a part of BJP’s “Parivartan Yatra” which was launched in the poll-bound state in February.
Tomorrow’s rally will be the first major event of the BJP in the state after the declaration of the election dates.
West Bengal assembly elections will be conducted in eight phases starting from 27 March and will go conclude on 29 April. The counting of votes will be done on 2 May.