scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bengal assembly polls: BJP announces 11 more candidates, changes nominees in two seats

Elections to the 294 assembly seats will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. Votes will be counted on May 2.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: March 23, 2021 8:51:06 pm
Amit ShahUnion Home Minister Amit Shah releases BJP's manifesto for the Bengal polls, in Kolkata on Sunday. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

The BJP on Tuesday announced its final list of candidates contesting in 11 seats for the West Bengal Assembly elections and also changed its candidates in two other constituencies.

Former Chief Economic Advisor Ashok Lahiri, who was earlier taken out from the Alipurduar seat in north Bengal following protests by local leaders, will now contest from Balurghat Assembly seat as a BJP candidate.

Last week, Lahiri was replaced with local leader Suman Kanjilal from the Alipurduar seat.

The party also nominated former Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen (retd) Subrata Saha from the Rashbehari seat in south Kolkata.

It also fielded new candidates from Chowrangee and Kashipur-Belgachia seats in north Kolkata after its earlier nominees had refused to contest the polls.

Sikha Mitra, wife of former state Congress president Somen Mitra, was given a ticket from Chowranghee and Tarun Saha, husband of TMC MLA Mala Saha, was given a ticket from Kashipur-Belgachia. In an embarrassment for the BJP, both Sikha Mitra and Tarun Saha refused to contest the election and said they did not join the party.

Meanwhile, the party also gave nomination to Biswajit Das, who was a TMC MLA from Bongaon (Uttar) and joined the BJP recently. Das will contest from Bagda constituency as a BJP candidate.

Subrata Thakur, brother of BJP MP Santanu Thakur, was given a ticket from Gaighata.

Elections to the 294 assembly seats will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. Votes will be counted on May 2.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Elections News, download Indian Express App.

  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
x