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Assembly elections 2021: BJP likely to announce candidates for first two phases of West Bengal, Assam polls

People stand beside a shop selling campaigning material of political parties ahead of the West Bengal state legislative assembly elections in Kolkata on February 26, 2021. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) (AFP)Premium
People stand beside a shop selling campaigning material of political parties ahead of the West Bengal state legislative assembly elections in Kolkata on February 26, 2021. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) (AFP)

  • The CEC of the BJP has discussed the candidates for two phases of the Assembly elections for West Bengal and Assam. The party is likely to announce the list of candidates for both states soon

At the conclusion of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting on Thursday, party leaders said that the names of the candidates will be announced soon.

The CEC of the BJP has discussed the candidates for two phases of the Assembly elections for West Bengal and Assam. The party is likely to announce the list of candidates for both states soon, according to a report.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that seats have been discussed and the names of candidates will be revealed after a final decision is taken.

"Seats for the two phases of elections have been discussed and the names of candidates will be announced after the final decision is taken," Ghosh said while hinting that the party will field Suvendu Adhikari for the seat.

Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo said the BJP is a democratic party, and whoever is eligible will contest from our party.

Senior BJP leaders have expressed confidence about a clean sweep from the Nandigram seat in the upcoming Assembly election in West Bengal.

Speaking to news agency ANI, they said: "Whichever candidate the party fields from Nandigram seat will defeat Mamata Banerjee by 50,000 votes."

"From wherever Mamata Banerjee contests the election, our candidate will give a tough fight. TMC members are still coming to our party. We are moving ahead with the target of 200 seats and will achieve it," they added.

Top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, BJP chief JP Nadda and other members of the party held a meeting with leaders of Assam and West Bengal on Thursday, here at the party headquarters.

BJP to contest 92 seats in Assam, 26 for Asom Gana Parishad, 8 for others

BJP and its two alliance partners have sealed the seat-sharing deal for 126-members Assam Assembly. According to sources, BJP will contest on 92 seats, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) will fight on 26 seats and United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) will field its candidates on 8 seats.

In the meeting held yesterday, the candidates for 84 seats were discussed and finalised, sources said adding that the candidate list is likely to be announced soon after a problem with the alliance partners is sorted out.

In yesterday's meeting, CEC also discussed the candidate list for the first two phases of seats in West Bengal were discussed and finalised.

Sources said that the crucial constituency Nandigram from where Suvendu Adhikari is the current MLA was also discussed. Adhikari, once a close aide of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader switched to BJP in December, last year.

BJP state leaders want Adhikari to fight against Banerjee from the Nandigram seat. A few days back, Adhikari himself announced that he wants to contest against Banerjee.

The West Bengal Chief Ministere had on January 18 announced that she would contest from Nandigram as well as Bhowanipur seats.

In case, Adhikari does not contest the polls from the Nandigram seat against the TMC chief, then a minister from the Central government is likely to be fielded against Banerjee but the discussion is yet to be finalised, sources said.

After further discussions and issues are resolved, BJP will announce its list of candidates most likely today or tomorrow, sources added.

West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29.

Assam Assembly elections will be held in three phases beginning from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 6.

The counting of votes in both states will take place on May 2.

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