Becoming the first party to declare the list of candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar, the BJP released names of 43 party members on Tuesday who will be contesting against JD(U)-led alliance in October.
The BJP's decision was, however, not wilfully welcomed by its ally, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party led by Upendra Kushwaha.
RSLP party leader Fazal Mallick said that the BJP should not have declared the first list when negotiation to identify assembly seats among partners was still going on. Mallick said the BJP went against the coalition dharma with its decision, The Indian Express reported.
While the first list includes 19 candidates for the first phase and 15 for the second, nine others will be contesting in other phases. The list, which was released by senior BJP leader and Union Minister JP Nadda, was finalised after the meeting of the BJP's Central Election Committee chaired by party president Amit Shah.
Releasing the list, Nadda said that the party has taken into consideration several factors while preparing the list. More than 50% candidates in the first list are women and youth and nearly 60% candidates are from Scheduled Class or other backward castes.
"We have tried to give representation to all communities," PTI quoted Nadda as saying at a press conference.
The list includes five Yadavs, the community that earlier supported Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD. However, RJD has now joined hands with the JD(U) to defeat the BJP-led NDA in Bihar.
In the assembly polls that is starting on 12 October, BJP is contesting on 160 seats while LJP, RLSP and HAM (secular) will contest 40, 23 and 20 constituencies respectively.
— ANI (@ANI_news) September 15, 2015
|Number of Candidates||Assembly Number and Names||Candidates|
|1||136 Saray Ranjan||Ranjit Nirguni|
|2||139 Rosera||Manju Hazaari|
|3||143 Teghra||Ramlakhan Singh|
|4||144 Maatihani||Sarvesh Kumar Singh|
|5||146 Begusarai||Surendra Mehta|
|6||147 Bakhari||Ramanand Ram|
|7||151 Parbatta||Ramanuj Chaudhary|
|8||152 Bihpur||Kumar Shailendra|
|9||153 Gopalpur||Anil Yadav|
|10||154 Pirpainti||Lallan Paswan|
|11||161 Banka||Ramnarayan Mandal|
|12||162 Katoria||Nikki Hembram|
|13||163 Belhar||Manoj Yadav|
|14||165 Munger||Pranav Kumar Yadav|
|15||167 Suryagadh||Prem Ranjan Patel|
|16||168 Lakhisarai||Vijay Kumar Sinha|
|17||235 Rajauli||Arjun Ram|
|18||236 Hisua||Anil Sinha|
|19||242 Jhajha||Ravindra Yadav|
|20||203 Ramgarh||Ashok Singh|
|21||204 Mohania||Niranjan Ram|
|22||206 Chainpur||Brij Kishore Bind|
|23||208 Sasaram||Jawahar Prasad|
|24||210 Dinara||Rajendra Singh|
|25||211 Nokha||Rameshwar Prasad Chaurasia|
|26||213 Karakat||Rajeshwar Raj|
|27||214 Arval||Chitranjan Kumar|
|28||219 Goh||Manoj Sharma|
|29||221 Nabinagar||Gopal Singh|
|30||223 Aurangabad||Ramdhar Singh|
|31||225 Gurua||Rajeev Dangi|
|32||229 Bodhgaya||Shyamdev Paswan|
|33||230 Gaya City||Prem Kumar|
|34||234 Wazirganj||Virendra Singh|
|Rest of the phases|
|35||8 Betiya||Renu Devi|
|36||19 Motihari||Pramod Kumar|
|37||28 Sitamadhi||Sunil Kumar|
|38||32 Benipatti||Vinod Narayan Jha|
|39||173 Rajgir||Satyadev Narayan Arya|
|40||182 Bankipur||Nitin Naveen|
|41||183 Kumrar||Arun Kumar|
|42||184 Patna Sahib||Nand Kishore Yadav|
|43||194 Arah||Amrendra Pratap Singh|