The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday released a new list of candidates for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, who will vote between November 7 and 23.
With the latest list of candidates, the saffron party has so far had 18 MPs in the Assembly elections, of which four are Union ministers. The BJP has fielded seven MPs each in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and four in Chhattisgarh.
On September 25, the BJP had released its second list of candidates, including three central ministers. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been fielded from Dimani in Morena district. The seat was won by the Congress in the 2018 assembly elections. The party’s winning candidate Giriraj Dindotiya, a loyalist of Jyotiraditya Scindia, had resigned from his seat to join the BJP. He had contested the seat on a BJP ticket and lost in the electoral vote held in 2020.
Besides Tomar, Prahlad Patel, minister of state for food processing, is competing for Narsingpur. The seat was won by the BJP in 2018. Minister of State for Rural Development Faggan Singh Kulaste will contest the elections from Niwas, a seat reserved for scheduled tribes. The seat was won by the Congress in 2018.
There are seven MPs in the first list released by the BJP, including prominent faces. Jaipur Rural MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will contest from Jhotwara in Jaipur district. Diya Kumari, the working MP from Rajsamand, has been fielded from Vidhyadhar Nagar in Jaipur.
The Vidhyadhar Nagar seat is currently held by BJP MLA Narpat Singh Rajvi, a five-time MLA and son-in-law of former vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.
Jhunjhunu MP Narendra Kumar will contest elections from Mandawa, Alwar MP Baba Balaknath from Tijara, Ajmer MP Bhagirath Choudhary from Kishangarh, Jalore MP Devji Patel from Sanchore and Kirori Lal Meena will fight from Sawai Madhopur constituency.
When asked about fielding BJP MPs in the assembly elections, Rathore said, “A new enthusiasm is arising among workers because some people who used to work with PM Modi and whom PM Modi has watched closely “They are being fielded in the Vidhan Sabha elections. We are ready to fight a war, we will not leave any seat, no morcha. This is a good message…This is a battle for this country.”
The saffron party on Monday released its second list of 64 candidates, more than two months after revealing its first list of 21 faces. In its first list, the BJP had announced the candidature of Lok Sabha MP Vijay Baghel from Patan. Union minister Renuka Singh, Gomati Sai and state BJP chief Arun Sao are the other MPs fielded for the assembly elections. Former chief minister Dr Raman Singh is contesting from his bastion of Rajnandgaon.