BJP announces 1st list for Jharkhand, J-K polls
New Delhi: Former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda and former deputy chief minister Raghuvar Das were named in the first list of candidates announced by BJP today for the upcoming Assembly polls in the state along with 45 nominees for the elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Former Congress MP from J-K, Lal Singh, who had switched over to BJP some time back, has been fielded from Basohli Assembly seat in the state as the party also announced the names of 11 candidates in Kashmir Valley.
The candidates were finalised after an almost three-hour meeting of the BJP's Central Election Committee chaired by party chief Amit Shah and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the first list of candidates for Jharkhand, which has 63 names, Munda will stand from the Kharsawan (ST) seat while Das will contest from his sitting Jamshedpur East Assembly seat.
The party has also fielded its sitting Potka (ST) MLA Maneka Sardar from the same seat while sitting MLA from Simdega, Vimla Pradhan, who has been a former minister, has also been renominated.
Also, BJP state vice president Seema Sharma has been given the ticket for the Hatia seat with former Information Commissioner Gangotri Kujur being nominated from Mandar.
In J-K, the party has declared 11 candidates from the Valley, along with two from the Ladakh region and 32 in the Jammu region.