Patna: The NDA in Bihar has announced the names of its candidates. Names of 39 candidates have been announced, which includes 17 BJP candidates. The list has the names of four ministers of the Union government who will be in the electoral fray. They are Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises State Minister Giriraj Singh and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had fielded candidates in 30 seats out of which it won 22. The LJP had fielded candidates in 7 seats, of which they had won on 6.
The RLSP used to be part of the NDA during the 2014 elections. It had fielded candidates for three seats and won all three.
In the last general election, the JD(U) had snapped its ties with the NDA. Nitish Kumar’s party had fielded 38 candidates but won only two seats.
That pathetic conversion record notwithstanding the JD(U) has managed to grab 17 seats from the negotiations with the BJP and other NDA allies. In fact, throughout the 17 years up to 2013 when the BJP and JD(U) were together, the larger party mostly agreed to spare more seats for its smaller ally despite its poor conversion rate.
39 NDA candidates for Bihar announced
Champaran West: Dr Sanjay Jaiswal
Champaran East: Radha Mohan Singh
Shivar: Rama Devi
Madhubani: Ashok Kumar Yadav
Araria: Pradeep Singh
Darbhanga: Gopal Thakur
Muzaffarpur: Ajay Nishad
Maharajganj: Janardan Singh Sigirwal
Saran: Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Ujiyarpur: Nityanand Rai
Begusarai: Giriraj Singh
Patna Sahib: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Pataliputra: Ramkripal Yadav
Arrah: Rajkumar Singh
Buxar: Ashwini Kumar Choubey
Sasaram: Chhedi Paswan
Aurangabad” Sushil Kumar Singh
40 seats in Bihar, 7 phases of voting
11 April: Jamui Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada,
18 April: Banka, Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur
23 April: Khagaria, Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura,
29 April: Darbhanga, Ujayarpur, Samastipur, Begusarai, Munger
6 May: Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran, Hajipur, Sitamarhi,
12 May: Eastern Champaran, Western Champaran, Shivar, Vaishali, Gopalganj, Sivan, Maharajganj, Valmiki Nagar
19 May: Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Pataliputra, Ara, Buxar, Sasaram, Karakat, Jahanabad