The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday released the names of 27 candidates for the third phase and 38 candidates for fourth phase of polls in West Bengal.
Announcing the names, BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh today said that noted economist Ashok Lahiri will contest from Alipurduar, Rajib Banerjee from Domjur, and Rabindranath Bhattacharya will fight from Singur.
Rajib Banerjee was earlier with TMC but quit the ruling party in January and later joined the BJP. Banerjee served as the Minister of Forest in the Mamata Banerjee government.
The BJP has also fielded Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Das Gupta from Tarakeswar Assembly seat. MP Nisith Pramanik will contest from Dinhata, and Union Minister Babul Supriyo will fight from Tollygunge Assembly seat. Actor Yash Das Gupta will contest from Chanditala.
The saffron party also announced that actor-turned-politician Locket Chatterjee will contest the polls from Chunchura and Anjana Basu will contest from Sonarpur South. ABVPian Indranil Das will contest from Kasba and actor Tanushree Chakraborty from Howrah Shyampur. Actress Payal Sarkar, who recently joined BJP, has been fielded from Behala Purba.
This time, Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and BJP in the fray.