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Six women in BJP's first list for Bihar
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | September 23, 2005 14:02 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday nominated six women candidates in the first list of 80 candidates that was released to the media late on Thursday night.
The party's central election committee headed by the president Lal Kishenchand Advani cleared the names after three and a half hours of deliberations. Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left the meeting after an hour.
The meeting was due to begin at 1800 IST but was delayed as party general secretary Arun Jaitley was in Kolkata to take part in the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Annual General Meeting.
Jaitley, who is also in charge of the Bihar polls, flew in by a special plane and reached the party headquarters around 1930 IST.
Amongst the women candidates include three sitting legislators Sukhda Pandey, Renuka Devi and Aasha Devi from Buxar, Betiya and Danapur respectively.
Yogmaya Pandey has been given a ticket from Droli, Sheela Singh Khuswah from Dihri.
Dr Usha Vidyarthi, who lost in the last elections, has been given party ticket from Paliganj.
The party is expected to nominate at least two more women candidates in the last list of 25 candidates.
Besides giving party tickets to all the 37 sitting MLAs, the party is haggling with its partner Janata Dal United for more.
In the February polls, the BJP lost seven seats by a margin of less then 1000 votes.
The party is also trying to accommodate a breakaway faction of Lok Janshakti Party.
Two of them have been given party tickets that include a former BJP rebel Janak Singh from Tariyya.