The BJP on Sunday released the list of 45 candidates for Assembly elections in the state. Having decided to contest on all the seats, the party has given a chance to several fresh candidates. Among those who figured in the list are 13 Muslim candidates including a woman Hina Bhat.
The party has also awarded ticket to former Congress MP Lal Singh from Basholi and former Congress leader R S Pathania from Ramnagar. In Jammu, sitting Assembly members have been given tickets.
In Srinagar, the party has chosen fresh candidates and migrant pandits besides four senior Muslim leaders Fayaz Bhat, Sofi Yosuf, Nazir Raina and Mushtaq Noorabadi who will contest from Devsar, Pahalgam, Kangan and Noorabad respectively. Hina Bhat, daughter of former NC leader Shafi Bhat, who joined BJP recently has been given ticket from Amira Kadal. From Habba Kadal, which has over 16,000 migrant pandits, the party has fielded Moti Kaul.
“We had sent four names for each constituency and the party has decided to field candidates who can win,” BJP media incharge Altaf Thakur said. He said candidates for the remaining seats will be decided in a few days.