The Bhartiya Janata Party on Sunday announced the list of candidates for the upcoming Kerala assembly elections and said that the party will contest from 115 seats out of the 140 seats. BJP’s national general secretary while announcing the list of candidates said the rest of the 25 seats will be left for its allies.
Arun Singh also announced that the state BJP chief K Surendran will be contesting the elections from two constituencies. Surendran will contest the polls from Kasaragod’s Manjeshwar and Pathanamthitta’s Konni.
‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan who recently joined the BJP is contesting from the Palakkad assembly constituency. Singh said, “ E Sreedharan will contest the polls from Palakkad Assembly constituency. Former state BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan will be contesting from Nemom seat in the upcoming elections.” Sreedharan will go head to head with young Congress leader Shafi Parambhil, who is the current MLA from the Palakkad constituency.
BJP has also named former union minister KJ Alphons who will be contesting from the Kanjirrapally assembly constituency. The party has also named former governor of Mizoram and state BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan as its candidate from the Nemom constituency. The party has also decided to give tickets to former Kerala DGP Jacob Thomas who will contest from Irinjalakuda and actor Suresh Gopi who will be contesting Trichur assembly constituency.
The voting for the highly anticipated assembly elections in Kerala will take place on April 6 while the counting of votes will be conducted on May 2, the Election Commission said in February this year.
Other high-profile candidates are as follows:
K Surendran – Manjeshwar, Konni
E Sreedharan – Palakkad
Kummanam Rajasekharan – Nemom
PK Krishnadas – Kattakada
CK Padmanabhan – Dharmadom
Suresh Gopy – Thrissur
Jacob Thomas IPS – Irinjalakuda
Advocate Sreekanth – Kasaragod
Velayudhan A – Uduma
Balraj M – Kanhangad
Shibin TV – Trikaripur
KK Sreedharan – Payyannur
Arun Kaithapram – Kalliasseri
Gangadhara AP – Taliparamba
Aniyamma Rajendran – Irikkur
K Ranjith — Azhikode
Archana Vandichal – Kannur
N Haridas – Thalassery
Alphonse Kannanthanam – Kanjirappally
Abdul Salam – Tirur
Manikuttan (ST reserved seat) – Mananthavady
Krishnakumar (actor) – Thiruvananthapuram