NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s charismatic leader Sushma Swaraj will contest the Lok Sabha election from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, while Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has got the green signal from the central election committee for a ticket for his son, B.Y. Raghavendra, in Shimoga. (This seat was held by S. Bangarappa, who has now joined the Congress.)
These are among the names of 46 candidates – 11 each from Karnataka and Chhattisgarh and 12 each from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan — cleared by the CEC, chaired by BJP president Rajnath Singh, here on Thursday. A large number of members of the outgoing Lok Sabha figured in the list, including Faggan Singh Kulaste who, along with two other MPs, displayed cash in the House during the July 2008 trust vote. He is contesting from his own constituency, Mandla in Madhya Pradesh.
Yashodhra Raje, sister of the former Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje, has been fielded in Gwalior.
The Madhya Pradesh list has nine sitting MPs including Ganesh Singh (Satna), Rakesh Singh (Jabalpur), Kulaste (Mandla), Kailash Joshi (Bhopal), Lakshman Singh (Rajgarh), Satyanarain Jatiya (Ujjain), Sumitra Mahajan (Indore) and Nand Kumar Chouhan (Khandwa), all retaining the ticket for the constituencies they already represent.
Thawar Chand Gehlot, sitting member from Shajapur, will contest in Dewas, now a reserved constituency.
Vidisha, where Ms. Swaraj is being fielded, is considered safe for the BJP. It was held by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
In Chhattisgarh, the names of five sitting MPs figure in the list of 11 finalised: Vishnudev Sai (Raigarh-ST), Karuna Shukla (Korba), Ramesh Bais (Raipur), Baliram Kashyap (Bastar-ST) and Sohan Potai (Kanker-ST). Mr. Shukla earlier represented Jangjir.
The Rajasthan list includes eight sitting MPs. Actor Dharmendra, who represented Bikaner, does not figure in the list, as the constituency is now reserved. The candidate for Bikaner (SC) is Arjun Meghwal. The eight MPs who have been given the ticket are: Nihal Chanda (Sriganganagar), Ram Singh (Churu), Girdharilal Bhargav (Jaipur city), Pushp Jain (Pali), Manvendra Singh (Barmer), Jaswant Singh Bishnoi (Jodhpur), V.P. Singh (Bhilwara) and Ms. Vasundhara Raje’s son Dushyant Singh (Jhalawar).
The only woman candidate in this list of 12 is Bindu Choudhary for the Nagour seat, earlier held by Bhanwar Singh. The candidate for Kota is Shyam Sharma. The seat is now held by Vishwendra Singh.
The total number of candidates finalised for Karnataka is 20: nine sitting MPs were cleared by the CEC earlier and the names finalised on Thursday are B.Y. Raghavendra (Shimoga); Nalin Kumar Katilu (Mangalore), G.S. Basavraj (Tumkur), Revu Nayak Belamagi (Gulbarga-SC), Ramesh Katti (Chikkodi), J. Shanthi (Bellary-ST), Shivarama Gouda (Koppala), Raja Amareshwara Nayak (Raichur-ST), Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli (Bidar), Shivakumar Chennabasapa (Haveri), Krishna Murthy (Chamarajanagar-SC).