New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has unveiled its second list of candidates for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections. The list features 39 prominent contenders, including three Union Ministers.
The trio of Union Ministers who have thrown their hats into the electoral ring are Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of State for Agriculture; Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Food Processing; and Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Regional Development.
In addition to the Union Ministers, the BJP’s candidate roster includes three Members of Parliament (MPs) who have been entrusted with the task of securing victory for the party in the assembly elections. Uday Pratap Singh, Riti Pathak, and Ganesh Singh, all of whom have proven track records in public service, have been nominated to contest in various constituencies.
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The Madhya Pradesh assembly election is slated to take place later this year, with 116 seats required for a majority out of the 230-member House. Currently, the BJP holds 128 seats in the assembly, giving it a comfortable majority. The main opposition, the Indian National Congress, has 98 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has one MLA.
The political landscape in Madhya Pradesh witnessed a major shift in March 2020 when a faction led by Jyotiraditya Scindia, a prominent Congress leader, defected to the BJP. This defection ultimately led to the BJP, under the leadership of Shivraj Singh Chouhan, returning to power in the state. The BJP is optimistic that Jyotiraditya Scindia’s association with the party will continue to bear fruit in the upcoming assembly elections.