New Delhi: BJP Monday night declared its second
list comprising 81 candidates for Uttar Pradesh, along with candidates for 48 seats of Uttarakhand and 20 seats of Punjab
for the forthcoming Assembly elections in these states.
After declaring candidates for 143 seats of UP earlier,
the BJP Central Election Committee declared candidates for 81
seats of the politically crucial state. Of these six are
former ministers, six are former MLAs, eight are women, 14 are
from Scheduled Caste while one is from the minority community.
Daddan Mishra, who was minister in the Mayawati-led BSP
government, will contest on a BJP ticket from Bhinga while
another former minister from her government, Awdhesh Verma
will contest from Dadraul. Former Samajwadi Party MLA Arun
Yadav will now be in the fray on a BJP ticket from Jalalpur.
Former Ministers who are contesting on BJP ticket are
Bahoran Lal Maurya (Bhojipura), Dal Bahadur Kori (Salon-SC),
Anil Tiwari (Bikapur) and Chandra Kishore (Maharajganj-SC).
Former MLAs included in the list of candidates are:
Lavkush Kumar (Nagina-SC), Ramsingh (Debai), Ramsakhi
Katheraiya (Iglas-SC), Shiv Singh Chak (Tundla-SC), Rajesh
Yadav (Gunnaur), Dal Singh Yadav (Jalalabad) and Ashok Dubey
In Uttarakhand, which has a total of 70 seats, the party
declared candidates for 48 seats. Of these, three are women,
nine are from the Scheduled Caste, one from Scheduled Tribe
and one from the minority community.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri will be in the
fray from Kotdwar; ex-CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will contest
from Doiwala; state unit chief Bishan Singh Chuphal, who is
also a sitting MLA, from Didihat; and Speaker Harbansh Kapoor
from Dehradun Cantt.
Other candidates include Cabinet Ministers Prakash Pant
(Pithoragarh), Trivendra Singh Rawat (Raipur), Matbar Singh
Khandari (Rudraprayag), Madan Kaushik (Hardwar), Vijaya
Barthwal (Yamkeshwar), Balwant Singh Bhoryal (Kapkot), and
ex-minister Ajay Tamta (Someshwar-SC).
Sitting MLAs who are in the fray this time as well for
the BJP are Harbhajan Singh Cheema (Kashipur), Surendra Jeena (Salt), Chandan Ram Das (Bageshwar-SC), Suresh Chand Jain (Roorkee) and Ganesh Joshi (Mussorie).
BJP also declared candidates for 20 of the 23 seats that it is going to contest in Punjab. The rest of the seats in a
total of 117 will be contested by its main ally Shiromani
Akali Dal (SAD).
Of the candidates announced today, two are women while
four belong to the Scheduled Caste. Four of the sitting BJP
MLAs have been denied a ticket.
Satpal Gosain, who is a minister in the Parkash Singh
Badal government, will contest from Ludhiana Central, while
former minister Madan Mohan Mittal will be in the fray from
Sitting MLA who will contest on a BJP ticket are Dinesh
Singh (Sujanpur), Anil Joshi (Amritsar North), Chunni Lal
Bhagat (Jalandhar West-SC), Manoranjan Kalia (Jalandhar
Central), Krishna Dev Bhandari (Jalandhar North), Arunesh
Shakker (Mukerian), Amarjit Singh Shahi (Dasuya), Tikshan Sood
(Hoshiarpur), Sukhpal Singh Nanu (Firozpur City) and Raj
The candidates for the two remaining Assembly seats of
Amritsar and Phagwara.