Assam Assembly polls: BJP releases list of 70 candidates, leaves 26 seats for AGP and 8 for UPPL

The BJP announced that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will contest the election from Majuli seat while home minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will be fielded from Jalukbari

Press Trust of India March 05, 2021 20:21:00 IST
Assam Assembly polls: BJP releases list of 70 candidates, leaves 26 seats for AGP and 8 for UPPL

File photo of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. PTI

The BJP on Friday released its first list of 70 candidates for the Assam assembly polls and announced that allies Asom Gana Parishad and United People's Party Liberal will contest on 26 and eight seats respectively.

Party general secretary Arun Singh told a press conference that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will contest from Majuli and minister Himanta Biswa Sarma from Jalukbari, constituencies these two top BJP state leaders currently represent in the 126-member assembly.

Besides Sonowal and Sarma, leaders of the Asom Gana Parishad and the United People's Party Liberal were also present at the press conference.

The BJP in the first list has replaced 11 sitting MLAs with new faces, Singh said.

The three-phase Assam assembly polls will be held on 27 March, 1 and April 6. In the first phase, 47 constituencies will go to polls, in the second phase, polling will be held in 39 constituencies and in the third phase, polling will be held in 40 constituencies.

The BJP central election committee had met here on Thursday to finalise these names.

The saffron party is pulling out all the stops to retain power in the state where it had formed government for the first time in 2016.

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