NEW DELHI: The Samajwadi Party on Sunday announced the names of three candidates for the first phase for the upcoming Chhattisgarh Assembly elections. The party also announced the names of six candidates for the second phase of the polls.
In the 1st phase, Santosh Suman, Bimlesh Dubey and Chabindra Verma will contest on the party ticket from Bijapur, Jagdalpur and Dantewada respectively. In the second phase, Navin Gupta, Yogendra Bhoi, Jiban Singh Yadav, Mukesh Lahare, Amarnath Agarwal and Subendra Singh Yadav will contest from Raipur West, Basna, Akaltara, Pamgarh, Korba and Vaishali Nagar respectively.
Earlier in the day, the Gondwana Gantantra Party had announced that they will fight the assembly polls in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in alliance with the Samajwadi Party. The Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) will fight on 60 seats in Chhattisgarh, while the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) will contest on 18 seats.
The GGP ruled out a tie-up with the Congress in the two poll-bound states, accusing the party of "dilly-dallying" in alliance talks. GGP chief Heera Singh Markam said it was too late for a tie-up as filing of nominations in Chhattisgarh was underway and parties have announced candidates on several seats.