BJP releases list of candidates for Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh assembly elections: The BJP on Sunday released the list of candidates for the upcoming assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh. The party announced the candidates for 123 seats in Andhra Pradesh and 54 in Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu has been given ticket from Mukto constituency. Jagat Prakash Nadda, secretary BJP’s central election committee in a statement said that the election committee of the party met on Saturday under the presidentship of BJP president Amit Shah and decided the names of candidates for two states.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and other members.

The polling in Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh would be conducted in the first phase on April 11, simultaneously for both Lok Sabha and local assemblies. The Andhra Legislative Assembly is comprised of 176 seats, while Arunachal Legislative Assembly has 60 seats. Andhra Pradesh has a total of 25 Lok Sabha seats, while as Arunachal Pradesh sends two parliamentarians to Lok Sabha.

Earlier, the YSR Congress announced the names of candidates for 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175 Assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh.

It seems that BJP would not field candidates on remaining seats in both the states.

In Andhra Pradesh, the contest is mostly between ruling Telegu Desam Party-led by chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress. BJP would also try to get more seats. The 25 parliamentarians, who come from the state, could play an important role in the government formation.

In the last Lok Sabha polls, Telugu Desam Party secured 15 seats, YSR Congress won eight and BJP got two, whereas in Arunachal Pradesh, both Congress and BJP have one each seat.

The TDP was a part of National Democratic Alliance till it quits in March 2018 over the issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh. TDP’s two Union Ministers Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdary also resigned. The resignation move was reciprocated by BJP as two of its ministers resigned from Naidu’s cabinet in Andhra Pradesh.

Congress suffered a major blow in Arunachal Pradesh despite emerging as the single largest party in 2014 assembly polls. The party secured 42 seats out of 60. BJP only won 11, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) got five and two sets were bagged by independent candidates.

The Congress legislators en mass joined PPA, they later find their way into BJP.

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