Five parties including the JMM and BJP announced their first lists of candidates for the five-phase Jharkhand assembly elections that begin on November 25.
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha released its list after formally breaking away from the Congress-led alliance in the state ahead of the polls. The talks failed as the Congress demanded four seats now represented by the JMM in the assembly and some more where the party has a strong base.
The JMM repeated 14 sitting legislators from the seats where they won in the previous polls. The party had won 18 seats in 2009.
The first list included the names of three sitting MLAs and six former legislators who joined the JMM recently.
Sita Soren, an accused in the infamous horse-trading case and charged with kidnapping and assaulting her former personal assistant, was fielded from Jama, the seat she won in 2009.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, meanwhile, declared 63 candidates for the assembly polls.
“We have ensured all sections of society are taken into consideration and represented,” JP Nadda said as he released the first list in New Delhi on Sunday.
Other parties to announce the lists were JPP, JVM-P and CPI(ML). The last date of filing of nomination papers for the 13 seats that will go to the polls in the first phase is November 5.