With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee riding the sympathy wave as she campaigned today on a wheelchair days after she was injured in Nandigram, the BJP is not mincing words. Four Union Ministers from the ruling party have been fielded as candidates.
Union Minister Babul Supriyo will contest from Tollygunge, MP Swapan from Tarakeshwar, MP Locket Chatterjee from Chinsurah and MP Nisith Pramanik will contest from Dinhata, the party announced on Sunday as it released names of 27 candidates for the third and fourth phase of assembly polls in West Bengal.
interestingly, economist Ashok Lahiri will contest from Alipurduar, Rajib Banerjee from Domjur, & Rabindranath Bhattacharya from Singur, said BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh.
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Kerala assembly polls: BJP fields metroman E Sreedharan from Palakkad
'Metroman' E Sreedharan will make his electoral debut from Palakkad in the April 6 assembly polls, while BJP state president K Surendran will contest from two constituencies, including Konni, the epicentre of the Sabarimala stir in 2018.
The BJP, which willbe contesting in 115 of the 140 constituencies, released its candidates list for 112 seats in New Delhi on Sunday.
Twenty five seats have been given to its four NDA allies—BDJS (Bharath Dharma Jana Sena), AIADMK,Janadhipathya Rashtriya Sabha (JRS) and Kamaraj Congress, party general secretary Arun Singh told the mediain Delhi.
'Metroman' Sreedharan had joined the BJP recently.
Two film actors— Suresh Gopi (Thrissur), who is a Rajya Sabha MP and Krishnakumar (Thiruvananthapuram central)are also in the fray.
Former Union minister K J Alphons will try his luck from Kanjirapallyand former DGP Jacob Thomas from Irinjalakuda.
Firebrand BJP leader Surendran,who had led the Sabarimala agitation in 2018 against entry ofwomen of all ages to the Lord Ayyappa temple following the Supreme Court verdict, has been fielded from Manjeshwaram in Kasaragod district and Konni in Pathanamthitta district. He had unsuccessfully contested the 2016 assembly polls from Manjeshwaram and had lost by a meagre 89 votes.
Former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajashekharan has been fielded from Nemom, the lone seat won by the BJP in the 2016 assembly polls when former Union minister O Rajagopal was elected.
Senior leaders C K Padmanabhan will take on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Dharmadam in Kannur, while P K Krishnadas will battle it out at Kattakada in Thiruvananthapuram.
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