Bharatiya Janata Party's central election committee on Saturday, declared the first list of candidates for the West Bengal Assembly elections. General Secretary Arun Singh said, "BJP's central election committee has approved the names of candidates on 57 seats for West Bengal Assembly elections."
Singh added that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari will contest the election from the Nandigram seat. The former Trinamool Congress heavyweight, who has recently joined the saffron party, will be facing Mamata, who has already moved her constituency from Bhawanipore to Nandigram.
The chief minister, meanwhile on Friday, released the list of TMC candidates for the upcoming assembly polls for 291 seats with emphasis on youths, minority, women and backward communities.
Three candidates of the Bimal Gurung faction of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), an ally of the TMC, will be contesting from the remaining three seats in Darjeeling.