ONKAR SINGH / NEW DELHI
After days of intense deliberations and speculations, the Congress released the first list of 155 candidates for Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.
Out of the 155 nominees, there are 21 women and 21 Scheduled Caste candidates respectively. About 34 of them are from the Scheduled Tribe category.
The brother of senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, Lakshman Singh, who was a former Member of Parliament (MP), got a ticket from Chachoura constituency. Digvijay’s son Jaivardhan Singh, who is a sitting Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), secured a ticket from Raghogarh constituency.
Digvijaya Singh’s son Jayavardhan Singh has been given ticket from Raghogarh, while his brother Lakshman Singh will contest from Chachoura seat. Another former Chief Minister Arjun Singh’s son Ajay Singh has been picked to contest the election from Churhat seat.
The party denied ticket to three MLAs and repeated around 90 percent candidates of the 2013 assembly elections. “
The ruling BJP has already declared 177 candidates in its first list. Polling for 230 seats of Madhya Pradesh Assembly will be held on 28th of this month. 59 nominations have, so far, been filed.