BJP Finalises Candidates For 27 Seats In Bengal

Lok Sabha Election 2019: The deadline to file the nominations is March 25.

New Delhi: A week after the Trinamool Congress announced its candidates for all 42 seats in West Bengal, the candidates have hit the ground to campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

According to sources, the BJP has finalised 27 of the 42 seats in the state. The deadline to file the nominations is March 25, which means if the party announces the candidates’ list after Holi festival, the candidates will have just a day to file their papers.

The decision on tickets for Babul Supriyo from Asansol, former TMC members Soumitra Khan and Anupam Hazara as well as the candidature of SS Ahluwalia from Darjeeling will be taken by the BJP leadership soon.

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Senior BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP from Deoria, Uttar Pradesh, Kalraj Mishra tells news agency ANI: “I will not contest elections this time, I have been given a lot of other responsibilities by the party so my time will be devoted to that.”

Saumitra Khan, Anupam Hazra and Arjun Singh, who quit the Trinamool to join the BJP earlier this month will all be party candidates in West Bengal, say sources.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has created a Twitter handle. Confirming the news, former chief election commissioner SY Quraishi asked people to follow the account to “get all information and educational messages directly”.

The ECI greeted voters on Holi, saying “Voting in Polls” is a big festival.

Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy said the Central Election Committee (CEC) of the Congress party has finalised candidates for the Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections and Lok Sabha polls.

“We have already declared 22 candidates for Lok Sabha election earlier. Today candidates for rest of the three seats in Andhra Pradesh have been finalised and candidates for Assembly elections have also been finalized. Names will be announced shortly,” Mr Chandy told news agency ANI after the CEC meeting on Wednesday.

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