Panaji: Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) has
announced a list of 22 candidates for the forthcoming Goa
The list, which was announced last night, includes
names of its prominent leaders, except its Member of
Parliament Sripad Naik, who has refused to contest.
Party`s central election committee, which met in Delhi
last night, with the party national president Nitin Gadkari as
its head, finalised the list.
Ananth Kumar, party`s national general secretary said
that the meeting was attended by parliamentary committee
chairman L K Advani, Lok Sabha Leader of Opposition Sushma
Swaraj, Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley and all
other members of central election committee.
BJP has entered into pre-poll alliance with the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) for March 3 Goa polls.
The party will be contesting 31 seats, of the 40-member
Assembly, while MGP will contest 8 seats. One seat will be
given for an independent candidate.
The first list has cleared candidature of party`s
state chief Laxmikant Parsekar, leader of opposition Manohar
Parrikar and other prominent leaders.