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Bihar NDA names candidates for 39 seats, BJP replaces Shatrughan Sinha with Ravi Shankar Prasad for Patna Sahib



Bihar’s ruling NDA on Saturday announced candidates for 39 out of the total 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

The lone seat for which a candidate was not announced was Khagaria.

The announcement was made at a joint press conference addressed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state-in-charge Bhupinder Yadav here in the presence of leaders from the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).

The BJP has dropped actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha from his Patna Sahib seat and instead fielded Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in his place.

Sinha won the seat in 2014.

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LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan will not contest from Hajipur seat, the party has fielded Paswan’s younger brother Pasupati Kumar Paras, a Bihar Minister and state LJP president, in his place.

Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag will contest from Jamui, while another brother Ram Chandra Paswan is being fielded from the Samastipur seat that he won in 2014.

The BJP has shifted its firebrand leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh from Nawada to Begusarai. Nawada went to the LJP under the seat sharing formula.

“All the Union Ministers from BJP including Radha Mohan Singh from Motihari, Ram Kirpal Yadav from Patliputra, Ashwani Choubey from Buxar, R.K. Singh from Ara, were given tickets,” Yadav said.

Only one Muslim candidate figures in the NDA list. The JD-U has fielded Mahmood Ashraf from Kishanganj.

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The NDA had earlier officially announced the seat-sharing formula for the Lok Sabha elections.

According to the agreement, the JD-U and BJP will contest 17 seats each and the LJP the rest of the six seats.

The JD-U is contesting Valmikinagar, Sitamarhi, Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnea, Madhepura, Bhagalpur, Gopalganj, Banka, Munger, Nalanda, Gaya, Jehanabad, Siwan and Karakat parliamentary seats.

The BJP is contesting West Champaran, East Champaran, Sheohar, Madhubani, Araria, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Maharajganj, Saran, Ujiyarpur, Begusarai, Sasaram, Aurangabad, Buxar, Ara, Patna Saheb and Patliputra constituencies.

The LJP is contesting the Vaishali, Hajipur, Jamui, Khagaria, Samastipur and Nawada seats.

The BJP has ceded to the JD-U five seats — Valmikinagar, Gaya, Siwan, Gopalganj and Jhanjharpur — that it won in 2014.

The BJP-led NDA won 31 of the 40 seats in the state in 2014. Of this, the BJP won 22 seats, the LJP six and the Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) three.

The RLSP has joined the Opposition Grand Alliance this time.

The JD-U, not part of the NDA then, had contested the 2014 elections on its own and won only two seats — Purnea and Nawada.


Ajit Jogi, first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, passes away at 74.



Former chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi dead at 74 on Friday. He is survived by his wife Renu Jogi, MLA from Kota, and son Amit Jogi.

Ajit Johi suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this month and has been in a Raipur hospital since then.The announcement of his demise was made by his son Amit Jogi who took to Twitter to make the announcement.

Ajit Pramod Kumar Jogi (born 29 April 1946) was an Indian politician, who served as the first chief minister of the state of Chhattisgarh, India. He was a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party.

Ajit Kumar Jogi was the first Chief Minister of the state of Chhattisgarh. He served as the CM of the state between November 2000 and December 2003. He has been a member of both the Houses of the Parliament apart from being elected to the state legislature. In 2016, Ajit Jogi and his son Amit Jogi were expelled from INC for anti-party activities and sabotaging by-polls in Antagarh, Chhattisgarh. His son Amit was expelled from Congress party for 6 years.

He has also authored books titled, “The Role of District Collector”, and “Administration of Peripheral Areas.” He’s a gold medalist in Mechanical Engineer from Maulana Azad College of Technology, Bhopal. Ajit Jogi has served as the District Collector of Indore from 1981-85.

Political Timeline

2018 Ajit jogi announced that he will contest the assembly election from Rajnandgaon and Marvahi seats. This means he will directly challenge Dr. Raman Singh.

2016 In June 2016, Ajit Jogi founded a new political outfit Chhattisgarh Janata Congress.

2009 Jogi served as a Lok Sabha member Chhattisgarh’s Mahasamund constituency after getting elected in 2009 Lok Sabha Elections. Jogi, however, failed to retain his seat in the 2014 LS polls and lost to BJP’s Chandu Lal Sahu by 133 votes.

2008 Elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh, representing the Marwahi constituency.

2004 He was elected as MP in the 14th Lok Sabha for Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh.

Early Life

1974 Ajit Jogi selected for the Indian Police Service and Indian Administrative Service. Jogi served as set a record of the longest serving Collector/District Magistrate for over 12 years at Sidhi, Shahdol, Raipur and Indore districts of Madhya Pradesh from 1974 to 1986.

1968 He completed his Mechanical Engineering degree from Maulana Azad College of Technology, Bhopal with Gold Medal. During his graduation he was elected as president, Maulana Azad College of Technology Students’ Union.

1967 He also worked briefly as a lecturer (1967-68) at the Government Engineering College, Raipur (Chhattisgarh).

Personal Life

Full Name Ajit Jogi

Date of Birth 29 Apr 1946 (Age 74)

Place of Birth Bilaspur, Central Provinces and Berar, British India (now in Chhattisgarh, India)

Party name Indian National Congress

Education Graduate Professional

Profession Engineer, IAS officer

Father’s Name KP Jogi

Mother’s Name Kanti Mani

Spouse’s Name Renu Jogi

No of Sons 1 Amit Jogi


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