Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017: BJP releases list of 68 candidates

HP CM Virbhadra Singh

The Congress today announced its first list of 59 candidates for the November 9 Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh being fielded from the Arki constituency in Solan district.The list was finalised after a marathon meeting of the Congress central election committee chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday released the list of 68 candidates for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. They are Sarveen Chowdhary (Shahpurconstituency), Rita Dhiman (Indora), Indu Gauswamy (Palampur), Kamlesh Kumari (Bhoranj), Vijay Jyoti Sen (Kusumpti) and Shashi Bala (Rohroo).

According to the Congress' list, Virbhadra Singh, who represented Shimla Rural in the outgoing assembly, will contest from Arki and the state party chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu will from Nadaun.

Earlier, Irrigation and Public Health minister Vidya Stokes had offered the Chief Minister to contest from his constituency in Theog, reportedly on Singh's request. All three women have been fielded by the BJP on the seats reserved for SCs.

The list includes several former ministers, including Rajeev Bindal from Nahan and Narinder Bragta from Jubbal-kotkhai.

He said that with the announcement of the elections, election code of conduct was implemented in the state. Arki was won by the BJP in the previous two assembly polls.

Nominations for the elections that began on October 16 are closing on October 23.

Anil Sharma, son of former union telecom minister Sukhram, who quit the Congress as a minister early this week, is the BJP candidate from Mandi.

Sitting MLA Maheshwar Singh, who had floated his own Himachal Lokhit Party, is BJP's candidate from Kullu, while Balbir Singh Verma, who had won as an independent last time, is now the BJP's candidate in Chopal. The voting will take place on November 9 and the results will be declared on December 18.

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