1. Home
  2. Politics
  3. National
  4. BJP releases first list of candidates

BJP releases first list of candidates for Punjab and Goa Polls

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 12 Jan 2017, 12:19:43 PM IST
India TV Politics Desk

Health Minister J P Nadda today released the Bharatiya Janata Party's first list of candidates for the upcoming Punjab and  Goa Assembly polls.

BJP made official the names of 17 candidates from Punjab and 29 from Goa at a press briefing in the national capital.

In Punjab, Bhartiya Janta Party is in an alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal and both would together contest for 117 constituencies. BJP is expected to fight 23 seats while the Parkash Singh Badal-led party would be contesting the remaining 94 seats.

In Goa, there are a total of 40 seats for which the parties would contest.

It is important to note that the Congress party released its manifesto on Monday, in the presence of former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

The Rajya Sabha MP said, "Punjab is a state with tremendous unexploited potential. This potential has not been exploited because of mismanagement by the current government," said Manmohan.

"This election manifesto is a forward looking visionary document, which promises the people that we will undo the damage done to the Punjab economy by the state government in the past 10 years," the former prime minister added.

With the election date coming close, the campaigning and preparations for the forthcoming elections have started in full swing in all the parties.

Punjab would go for polls on February 4, whereas in Goa the elections would take place on February 4. The counting for all the states would begin together on March 11.