Guwahati, March 22, 2019
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced its first list of candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on March 21st, 2019. The party leadership announced the names of 182 candidates from 20 states across the country. The BJP named candidates for 8 of the 14 seats in Assam while refraining from making announcements for Nagaon and Tezpur.
The alliance partners in Assam – Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) will contest from three seats (Dhubri, Barpeta and Kaliabor) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) from one (Kokrajhar).
Three sitting MPs in Assam were dropped from BJP’s first list of candidates for the coming general elections including senior BJP leader from Assam and strategist in Northeast India, Himanta Biswa Sarma. As per reports, the snub given to Biswa has not gone down well with several members of the saffron party and Biswas’ loyalists.
Former union minister Bijoya Chakravarty who has represented the Guwahati seat thrice since 1999, was replaced by another woman candidate Queen Ojha. Sitting MPs from Mangaldoi, Ramen Deka and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa (Jorhat) were replaced by Dilip Saikia and Tapan Kumar Gogoi, who is the Power Minister in Sarbananda Sonowal’s cabinet.
Other two sitting MPs – Rameshwar Teli and Pradan Baruah were given tickets to contest from Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur respectively. However, the fates of two other MPs, union minister Rajen Gohain (Nagaon) and Ram Prasad Sarmah (Tezpur), are yet to be decided.
It may be mentioned that Sarmah had resigned from the party after his name was missing from the list of probable candidates. As per reports, Sarmah might be given the Tezpur ticket while Rupak Sarmah, a first-time MLA, might get the Nagaon seat.
On the other hand, Gohain, who is facing a rape charge, had announced recently that he won’t be contesting till his name is cleared,
The Lok Sabha elections in Assam will be held in three phases on April 11th, 18th and 23rd, 2019. The results of the election will be announced on May 23rd, 2019.
The BJP has fielded incumbent party MP and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju in Arunachal East and party’s Arunachal unit chief Tapir Gao in Arunachal West. In Manipur, K.K. Ranjan Singh will contest for Inner Manipur seat and H. Shokhopao Mate (Benjamin) for Manipur Outer seat.
In Tripura, the saffron party has fielded Rebati Tripura in Tripura West and Protima Bhaumik in Tripura East. In the lone Lok Sabha seats in Mizoram and Sikkim, the BJP has zeroed in on names of Nirupam Chakma and Laten Tshering Sherpa.