ANI Photo | “PM Modi can fulfill aspirations of country”: BJP’s Tokhan Sahu on his candidature for LS Polls

Following the announcement of his candidature from Chhattishgarh’s Rajnandgaon for upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Santosh Pandey said on Saturday that he wanted to thank the people of Rajnangaon for this opportunity.
Another party leader Tokhan Sahu, who has been fielded fromBilaspur constituency, asserted that only Narendra Modi can take the country forward and BJP can fulfill the aspirations of the country.
Pandey has been serving the constituency since 2014.
“I thank the people of Rajnandgaon for the opportunity that I have got…The people have always supported and appreciated my work,” he said while speaking to ANI.
Earlier in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Santosh Pandey defeated Congress’s Bhola Ram Sahu by securing 6,62,387 votes.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Saroj Pandey has been fielded from Korba.
She said, “I thank the party for the opportunity & will live up to the trust of the party…”
On his candidature from Bilaspur constituency, BJP leader Tokhan Sahu said, “I want to thank the central and state leadership… The whole country has faith in PM Modi. Only Narendra Modi can take this country forward. The government has worked in every sector. Only PM Modi government can fulfill the aspirations of the country…”
The party has announced its candidates on all the 11 seats in Chhattisgarh, which include–Chintamani Maharaj, Radheshyam Rathia, Kamlesh Jangde, Saroj Pandey, Tokhan Sahu, Santosh Pandey, Vijay Baghel, Brijmohan Agarwal, Roop Kumari Choudhary, Mahesh Kashyap and Bhojraj Nag.
In the first list of 195 candidates, the BJP included 28 women, 47 youth, 27 Scheduled Castes, 18 Scheduled Tribes and 57 OBCs. The party announced 51 candidates in Uttar Pradesh, 24 in Madhya Pradesh, 15 each in Gujarat and Rajasthan, 20 for West Bengal, 12 in Kerala, 11 each for Assam, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, nine in Telangana, five for Delhi, two for Jammu and Kashmir, two for Arunachal Pradesh, one for Goa, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Daman and Diu also.
The first list of 195 candidates released by the BJP on Saturday, however, made some drastic changes in Delhi, it has decided to field only Manoj Tiwari, the sitting Lok Sabha member from northeast Delhi, and Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi has been replaced with young face Basuri Swaraj, daughter of late BJP veteran Sushma Swaraj, from New Delhi; former Madhya Pradesh Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has been chosen to contest from Vidisha constituency in the state; and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla from Kota.
With Prime Minister Modi urging senior ministers from Rajya Sabha to contest Lok Sabha elections, the party fielded Union ministers Bhupender Yadav from Alwar in Rajasthan, Mansukh Mandaviya from Porbandar and Parshottam Rupala from Rajkot (Gujarat), Rajeev Chandrasekhar from Thiruvananthapuram, and V Muraleedharan from Attingal constituency. Another Rajya Sabha member and national vice president of the BJP Saroj Pande will contest from the Korba Lok Sabha constituency in Chhattisgarh. Union Minister Rameshwar Teli is replaced by Cabinet minister and former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Dibrugarh (Assam) constituency.
Union Ministers who are being fielded from their sitting seats are Gajendra Shekhawat in Jodhpur, Smriti Irani in Amethi, S P Singh Baghel in Agra, Sanjeev Balyan in Muzaffarnagar, Ajay Mishra Teni in Kheri, Arjun Ram Meghwal in Bikaner, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti in Fatehpur, Subhash Sarkar in Bankura and Nishit Pramanik in Cooch Behar.

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