PM Narendra Modi, BJP president and home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi are likely to campaign for the first phase of poll.
As many as 206 candidates are in fray for the first phase of state elections, scheduled on November 30. The Election Commission on Friday issued the list of the candidates after scrutiny. The nomination papers of 22 candidates have been cancelled. There are 29 candidates in fray from Bhavanathpur Assembly constituency and nine from Chatra.
In the first phase, major candidate is health minister Ramchandra Kesri.
ABJP and its alliance partner AJSU have fielded candidates against each other on two seats.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president and home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi are likely to campaign for the first phase of poll.
Congress names three more candidates
The Congress on Sunday announced names of three candidates for the Jharkhand Assembly election.
Party general secretary Mukul Wasnik, in a statement, said the Central Election Committee has selected Sona Ram Sinku for contesting the Jagnanthpur assembly seat, Suresh Baith from Kanke and Sunny Toppo from Mandar.
Fighting in alliance with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress is contesting 31 of the state's 81 seats, the JMM 43, and the RJD seven.
BJP releases 4th list, ex-babus in fray
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday released its fourth list of candidates. The party has named candidates from three constituencies — Jugsalai (SC), Jaganathpur (ST) and Tamar (ST).
The BJP has so far announced its candidates for a total of 71 seats. The party has not yet announced candidates for 10 seats due to the ongoing talks with the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU).
At least six former bureaucrats have got tickets from different political parties. Congress candidate Rameshwar Oraon, the state party president, is a former IPS officer and has been fielded by the party from Lohardagga assembly seat.
He was the Additional Director General of Police and took voluntary retirement in 2004 to fight the Lok Sabha election from Lohardagga on a Congress ticket. He won the poll and became a Central minister. He was also the chairperson of the Scheduled Tribe commission during the UPA government.
Oraon is pitted against former Congress president and now BJP leader Sukhdeo Bhagat. Bhagat was a deputy collector and joined politics after resigning. He is said to have quit the Congress due to Rameshwar Oraon, alleging that it was Oraon who played a major role in his defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll.
Sukhdeo Bhagat had fought on a Congress ticket in the Lok Sabha polls and had lost by just a few thousand votes to BJP candidate Sudarsan Bhagat.
Bhagat is the sitting legislator from Lohardagga seat.
Another former IAS official who was cabinet secretary and home secretary of Jharkhand, J.B. Tubid has been given a ticket by the BJP from the Chaibasa assembly seat. He had lost in the 2014 Assembly poll.
Former IAS officer Lakshman Prasad Singh has also been given a ticket from the Dhanwar assembly seat by the party.
Former Director General of Police of the state Rajeev Kumar has been fielded by the Congress from the reserved Akanke Assembly seat. Another IPS official, Rezi Dundung has been fielded by the Jharkhand Party from the Simdega assembly seat.
Dundung was Additional Director General of Police and took retirement just before the polls. He was expecting a ticket from either the Congress or the BJP.
There are also some bureaucrats who had joined the BJP but could not get tickets. Former DGP, DK Pandey joined the BJP just before the announcement of the polls.
Till now the BJP has announced the names of 65 candidates but his name does not figure in the list. The same is the case with former IAS official Suchitra Sinha. She had joined the BJP along with DK Pandey.
-with inputs from IANS