Bihar elections: BJP releases first list of 27 candidates for assembly polls

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Updated: Oct 07, 2020 12:07 AM

Shooter Shreyasi Singh, who joined the BJP on Sunday, has been given a ticket to contest from Jamui, alongwith former MP Hari Manjhi from Bodhgaya. 

Union Minister and senior BJP leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses a press conference ahead of Bihar Assembly polls, in Patna. (PTI/File Photo)

Bihar elections: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released its first list of 27 candidates for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls. All the candidates are for the first phase of the election where 71 constituencies will be going polls.

Shooter Shreyasi Singh, who joined the BJP on Sunday, has been given a ticket to contest from Jamui, alongwith former MP Hari Manjhi from Bodhgaya.

The list of candidates includes three ministers in the Nitish Kumar’s cabinet-Prem Kumar, Ram Narayan Mandal and
Vijay Kumar Sinha.

The BJP has named Munni Devi from Shahpur assembly seat in the Buxar district. There was speculation in the media that former Bihar Director General of police Gupteshwar Pandey, who took VRS and later joined the JD(U), will enter into the fray from this seat.

Former state minister and the RJD’s old-timer Raghvendra Pratap Singh finds a place in the BJP’s list from his traditional Barhara constituency in the Bhojpur district.

Singh was denied a ticket by Lalu Prasad Yadav’s party in 2015 elections despite being a sitting member of the assembly. RJD had given ticket to Saroj Yadav, who won the seat in the previous election.

Earlier in the day, the NDA alliance announced its seat-sharing formula for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls and backed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as its leader in the state.

Under the seat-sharing agreement, JD(U) will be contesting on 122 seats and the BJP on 121 out of a total of 243 seats in the state.

BJP backed Nitish Kumar while rebuffing a rebellious Chirag Paswan of LJP, who it acknowledged as an ally “at the Centre”.

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