Guwahati, March 5: The pre-poll alliance between the BJP, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and United Peoples Party Liberal (UPPL) has been “finally sealed” with the BJP party announcing its first list of 70 candidates for the Assam Assembly elections while its allies, AGP will contest in 26 seats, and UPPL eight seats.
The saffron party is contesting 92 seats across the three phases.
Top BJP leaders including chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma will contest from their traditional seats.
Sonowal will contest from Majuli and Sarma will once again take guard for the poll battle from Jalukbari.
Eleven sitting BJP MLAs would not get tickets to contest first and second phase polls this time.
State BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass will contest from Patacharkuchi, and not from Sorbhog, where he won last time.
It may be noted that former Congress leader, Ajanta Neog, who joined BJP ahead of the polls, will be contesting from her traditional bastion of Golaghat.
BJP candidates for first phase seats are : Ashok Singhal (Dhekiajuli), Ganesh Kumar Limbu from Barchalla, Krishna Kamal Tanti (Rangapara), Padma Hazarika (Sootea), Pramod Borthakur (Biswanath), Ranjeet Dutta (Behali), Utpal Bora (Gohpur), Angoorlata Deka (Batadrava), Nazir Hussain (Rupohihat), Anil Saikia (Samaguri), Biswajit Phukan (Sarupathar), Mrinal Saikia (Khumtai), Hitendra Nath Goswami (Jorhat), Hemanta Kalita (Titabar), Ramani Tanti (Mariani), Mayur Buragohain (Nazira), Jogen Mohan (Mahmara), Dharmeswar Konwar (Sonari), Kushal Duwari (Thowra), Surabhi Rajkonwar (Sibsagar), Amiyo Bhuyan (Bihpuria) Manab Deka (Lakhimpur), Naba Kumar Doley (Dhakuakhana), Ranoj Pegu (Dhemaji), Bhuban Pegu (Jonai), Charadhar Gogoi (Moran), Prasanta Phukan (Dibrugarh), Binod Hazarika (Lahowal), Terosh Gowala (Duliajan), Bimal Borah (Tingkhong), Tarang Gogoi (Naharkatia), Sanjay Kisan (Tinsukia), Suren Phukan (Diboi), Bhaskar Sarma (Margherita) and Bolin Chetia (Sadiya).
BJP candidates for the second phase poll are: Bijoy Malakar (Ratabari), Krishnendu Paul (Patharkandi), Manas Das (Karimganj North), Biswarup Bhattacharjee (Badarpur), Subrata Nath (Katlicherra), Dipayan Chakraborty (Silchar), Aminul Haque Laskar (Sonai), Parimal Suklabaidya (Dholai), Mihir Kanti Shome (Udharbond), Kaushik Rai (Lakhipur), Amalendu das (Barkhola), Gautom Roy (Katigorah), Nandita Garlosa (Haflong), Nomal Momin (Bokajan), Dorsing Ronghang (Howraghat), Bidya Sing Engleng (Diphu), Roop Sing Teran (Baithalangso), Diganta Kalita (Kamalpur), Bhabesh Kalita (Rangiya), Jayanta Malla Barua (Nalbari), Biswajit Daimary (Panery), Madhuram Deka (Kalaigaon), Gurujyoti Das (Mangaldoi), Jitu Kishan (Majbat), Pijush Hazarika (Jagiroad), Ramakanta Deori (Morigaon), Kadiru Jjaman, Zinnah (Laharighat), Rupak Sarmah (Nowgong), Jitu Goswami (Barhampur) and Sinu Misra (Lumding).
AGP president, Atul Bora announced that the 26 seats the regional party would be contesting are Chabua, Amguri, Teok, Dergaon, Bokakhat, Kaliabor, Raha, Gauhati West, Chaygaon, Boko, Goalpara East, Goalpara West, Mancachar, Abhayapuri North and Abhayapuri south, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Bhabanipur, Chenga, Sarukhetri, Tezpur, Algapur Karimganj south, Dalgaon, Naoboicha and Jamunamukh.