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WB polls: BJP releases list of 148 candidates; Mukul Roy back in electoral fray after 2 decades

WB polls: BJP releases list of 148 candidates; Mukul Roy back in electoral fray after 2 decades

WB polls: BJP releases list of 148 candidates; Mukul Roy back in electoral fray after 2 decades
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By CNBCTV18.com Mar 18, 2021 9:37:22 PM IST (Updated)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday released a list of 148 candidates for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth phases of the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday released a list of 148 candidates for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth phases of the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections.

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Mukul Roy, a former aide of TMC President and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, will fight the polls from the Krishnanagar Uttar seat. Roy is back in the electoral fray after a gap of two decades.
The party has fielded its former state unit chief Rahul Sinha from Habra and former Union minister and scientist Gobhardhan Das from the Purbasthali Uttar.
Mukul Roy' son Subranghshu, a sitting TMC MLA, state BJP Mahila Morcha president Agnimitra Paul, film personalities Rudranil Ghosh, Srabanti Chattopadhyay and Parno Mitra were among those given tickets by the saffron party.
Meanwhile, former TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi, who switched to BJP recently, found no mention in the latest list of candidates.
The list also has 19 women candidates, which is more than its previous two lists.
The party is facing protests and resignations as many of its aspiring old-timers did not find their names in the list of candidates.
Elections for the West Bengal assembly will be held in eight phases, with first phase on March 27 and the last on April 29. The results will be announced on May 2.
The party has so far announced the names of five sitting MPs, including Union Minister Babul Supriyo, as its candidates for the state election.
The BJP on Sunday had announced the names of 27 candidates for the third phase of the election and 38 candidates for the fourth phase.
(With inputs from PTI)
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