Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election 2017: BJP releases full list of candidates ahead of polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is attempting a comeback in Himachal Pradesh, released its first list of candidates for the Assembly election to be held on 9 November. The party held several meetings, twice with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thrice with BJP president Amit Shah, to come up with a list of candidates for the 68-member House.

Pramod Sharma will contest from Shimla Rural and Ratan Singh Pal to contest from Arki. The list includes several former ministers, including Rajeev Bindal from Nahan and Narinder Bragta from Jubbal-kotkhai. Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal appears in the list as the candidate from Sujanpur. Hindustan Times had earlier reported that there was a close contest between Dhumal and Union health minister JP Nadda.

Dhumal, according to the report, is a member of the Legislative Assembly and can be seen as a natural claimant to the chief minister's post. However, the party has not named its chief minister candidate yet.

According to The Indian Express, the first draft list was prepared on 15 October but was held back after the prime minister asked at least six women to be included in the list. "Few names, not heard by many, have been put forward at the last stage and were told to be considered by making amendments in the list earlier cleared by the state election body during its meeting in Chandigarh," the report quoted a party source as saying.

Here's the full list of BJP candidates for Himachal Pradesh election:

AC No. Name of assembly constituency Name of candidate
1 Churah (SC) Hansraj
2 Bharmour (ST) Jiya Lal Kapoor
3 Chamba Pawan Naiyar
4 Dalhousie D S Thakur
5 Bhattiyat Vikram Singh Jaryal
6 Nurpur Rakesh Pathaniya
7 Indora (SC) Reeta Dhiman
8 Fatehpur Kripal Parmar
9 Jawali Arjun Singh Thakur
10 Dehra Ravindra Singh
11 Jaswan-Pragpur Vikram Singh
12 Jawalamukhi Ramesh Dhavala
13 Jaisingpur (SC) Ravind Dhiman
14 Sullah Vipin Singh Parmar
15 Nagrota Arun Kumar (Kuka)
16 Kangra Sanjay Chaudhary
17 Shahpur Sarvin Chaudhary
18 Dharamshala Kisan Kapoor
19 Palampur Sushree Indu Gauswamy
20 Baijanath (SC) Mulakh Raj Premi
21 Lahaul & Spiti (ST) Dr. Ramlal Markandeya
22 Manali Govind Singh Thakur
23 Banjar Maheshwar Singh
24 Banjar Surendra Shourie
25 Anni (SC) Kishori Lal
26 Karsog (SC) Hira Lal
27 Sundernagar Rakesh Jamwal
28 Nachan (SC) Vinod Kumar
29 Seraj Jai Ram Thakur
30 Darang Jawahar Thakur
31 Jogindernagar Gulab Singh Thakur
32 Dharampur Mahendra Singh Thakur
33 Mandi Anil Sharma
34 Balh (SC) Indra Singh Gandhi
35 Sarkaghat Col. Indra Singh Thakur
36 Bhoranj (SC) Kamlesh Kumari
37 Sujanpur Prem Kumar Dhumal
38 Hamirpur Narendra Thakur
39 Barsar Baldev Sharma
40 Nadaun Vijay Agnihotri
41 Chintpurni (SC) Balbir Singh Chaudhary
42 Gagret Rajesh Thakur
43 Haroli Ram Kumar Sharma
44 Una Satpal Singh Sati
45 Kutlehar Virendra Kuwar
46 Jhanduta (SC) JR Katwal
47 Ghumarwin Rajendra Garg
48 Bilaspur Subhas Thakur
49 Sri Naina Deviji Randheer Sharma
50 Arki Ratan Singh Pal
51 Nalagarh Krishnan Lal Thakur
52 Doon Sardar Paramjeet Singh (Pammi)
53 Solan (SC) Rajesh Kashyap
54 Kasauli (SC) Rajeev Sahjal
55 Pachhad (SC) Suresh Kumar Kashyap
56 Nahan Rajeev Bindal
57 Sri Renukaji (SC) Balbir Chauhan
58 Paonta Sahib Sukhram Chaudhary
59 Shillai Baldev Singh Tomar
60 Chopal Balbir Singh Verma
61 Theog Rakesh Verma
62 Kasumpti Vijay Jyoti Sain
63 Shimla Suresh Bharadwaj
64 Shimla Rural Pramod Sharma
65 Jubbal-Kotkhai Narendra Bargata
66 Rampur (SC) Prem Singh Draik
67 Rohru (SC) Shashi Bala
68 Kinnaur (ST) Tejwant Negi

Published Date: Oct 18, 2017 16:41 PM | Updated Date: Oct 18, 2017 17:15 PM

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