New Delhi: BJP late on Monday declared a list of 62 candidates out of a total of 70 for the February 7 Delhi Assembly Elections, with its chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi contesting from Krishna Nagar and former Union minister Krishna Tirath from Patel Nagar seat.
Former Delhi minister and senior party leader Jagdish Mukhi will contest from Janakpuri seat while former Delhi BJP chief Vijendra Gupta has been fielded from the Rohini seat.
The party has decided to field a young face to take on AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal and has nominated former DUSU president and party's BJYM leader Nupur Sharma from the New Delhi constituency.
The party has decided not to field its Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay, who will lead the party.
BJP has nominated all its sitting MLAs and will leave some seats for its ally SAD, which had contested in four seats in the last election.
The list of 62 party candidates was announced after a meeting of the BJP's Central Election Committee (CEC) chaired by BJP president Amit Shah and attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Other Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj also attended the CEC meeting.
Former Delhi Assembly Speaker MS Dheer, who switched to BJP from AAP, will contest from Jangpura and former AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny will contest from Patparganj seat where he faces AAP leader Manish Sisodia.
Delhi's former mayor Rajni Abby will contest from Timarpur seat, while senior party leader RP Singh will contest from Rajindra Nagar seat.
"The party has taken care that all sections of the society were given due representation. The party has renominated all its sitting MLAs and fielded over 20 youth and five women candidates," BJP general secretary and Union Minister JP Nadda told reporters after the CEC meeting.
Against 12 SC seats, the party has fielded 13 dalit faces, Nadda said.
When asked about not fielding Upadhyay, he said he will not contest the polls as the elections will be contested under his stewardship and he has a lot of responsibility on him.
BJP's first list:
AC Name - Name of Candidate
- Nerela - Neeldaman Khatri
- Burari - Gopal Jha
- Timarpur - Rajni Abbi (W)
- Adarsh Nagar - Ram Kishan Singhal
- Badli - Rajesh Yadav
- Rithala - Kulwant Rana
- Bawana (SC) - Gugan Singh
- Mundka - Azad Singh
- Kirari - Anil Jha
- Sultanpur Majra (SC) - Prabhu Dayal Sai
- Nangloi Jat Manoj - Shokeen
- Mangol Puri (SC) - Surjeet
- Rohini - Vijendra Gupta
- Shalimar Bagh - Rekha Gupta (W)
- Shakur Basti - Dr S C Vats
- Tri Nagar - Dr Nand Kishore Garg
- Wazirpur - Dr Mahendra Nagpal
- Model Town - Vivek Garg
- Sadar Bazar - Praveen Jain
- Chandni Chowk - Suman Kumar Gupta
- Matia Mahal - Anjuman Dahalwi
- Ballimaran - Shyam Morwal
- Karol Bagh (SC) -Yogendra Chandolia
- Patel Nagar (SC) - Krishna Tirath (W)
- Moti Nagar - Subhash Sachdeva
- Madipur (SC) - Rajkumar Phulwaria
- Tilak Nagar - Rajeev Babbar
- Janakpuri - Jagdish Mukhi
- Uttam Nagar - Pawan Sharma
- Dwarka - Praduman Rajput
- Matiala - Rajesh Gehlot
- Najafgarh - Ajeet Kharkhari
- Bijwasan - Sat Prakash Rana
- Palam - Dharamdev Solanki
- Delhi Cantt - Karan Singh Tanwar
- Rajinder Nagar - Sardar R P Singh
- New Delhi - Nupur Sharma (W)
- Jangpura - M S Dheer
- Kasturba Nagar - Ravindra Choudhary
- R K Puram - Anil Sharma
- Chhatarpur - Brahm Singh Tanwar
- Deoli (SC) - Arvind Kumar
- Ambedkar Nagar (SC) - Ashok Chouhan
- Sangam Vihar - HCL Gupta
- Tughlakabad - Vikram Vidhuri
- Badarpur - Rambir Vidhuri
- Okhla - Brahm Singh Vidhuri
- Trilokpuri (SC) - Kiran Vaidhya (W)
- Kondli (SC) - Hukum Singh
- Patparganj - Vinod Kumar Binni
- Laxmi Nagar - B B Tyagi
- Vishwas Nagar - O P Sharma
- Krishna Nagar - Kiran Bedi (W)
- Gandhi Nagar - Jitendra Choudhary
- Seema Puri (SC) - Karam Vir Chandel
- Rohtas Nagar - Jitendra Mahajan
- Seelampur - Sanjay Jain
- Ghonda - Sahib Singh Chouhan
- Babarpur - Naresh Gaur
- Gokalpur (SC) - Ranjeet Kashyap
- Mustafabad - Jagdish Pradhan
- Karawal Nagar - Mohan Singh Visht