The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday released a list of 66 candidates for the Himachal Pradesh assembly election, polling for which will take place on February 26.
Caretaker Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has been given ticket from the Bamsan assembly constituency.
While 26 sitting MLAs of the party have been given tickets, eight have been denied renomination.
Four women -- Urmil Thakur (Hamirpur), Anita Sandal (Pragpur), Renu Chaddha (Baniket) and Rani Kiran Kumari (Mandi) -- have been given tickets.
The speaker of the dissolved assembly, who joined the party on Thursday, has been nominated for the Joginder Nagar seat.
Former Union telecommunication minister, Pramod Mahajan, who has been appointed general secretary in charge of Himachal Pradesh, said the party would do well in Himachal Pradesh.
"We have done commendable work in Himachal Pradesh and we hope that the people of the state would give us another chance. The party campaign would be led by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. We are planning to send one national leader to each of the assembly segment of the state from February 12. This is the same strategy we adopted in Gujarat and we are sure it would pay off," Mahajan told rediff.com.
"Himachal Pradesh has got special attention because it has been close to the heart of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee," he said.
Asked how many seats did the party hope to win, Mahajan said that it would be difficult to talk numbers at this stage, but the party would get a comfortable majority.
Following is the list of 65 BJP candidates:
|Serial||Constituency||Name of Candidate|
|1.||Kinnaur (ST)||Tejvant Singh Negi|
|2.||Rampur (SC)||Brij Lal|
|4.||Jubbal||Kotkhai Narendra Balnatha|
|8.||Kasumpti (SC)||Roop Das Kashyap|
|11.||Kasuli (SC)||Virendra Kashyap|
|15.||Shillaii||Dileep Singh Tomar|
|16.||Ponta||Sahib Sukhram Chaudhury|
|19.||Bilaspur||Jagat Prakash Naddha|
|21.||Geharwin (SC)||Rikhiram Kondal|
|24.||Bamsan||Prem Kumar Dhumal|
|27.||Gagret (SC)||Balbir Singh Chaudhary|
|33.||Jawali||Dr Rajan Sushant|
|36.||Pragpur||Ms Anti Sandal|
|38.||Thural||Ravindra Singh Ravi|
|39.||Rajgir (SC)||Captain Atmaram|
|43.||Nagrota||Ram Chand Bhatia|
|44.||Shahpur||Ms Sarveen Chaudhary|
|48.||Banikhet||Ms Renu Chaddha|
|49.||Raj Nagar||Mohan Lal|
|50.||Chamba||B K Chauhan|
|56.||Karsog (SC)||Jogendra Pal|
|59.||Sunder Nagar||Thakur Roop Singh|
|60.||Balh (SC)||Damodar Das|
|61.||Gopalpur||Colonel Inder Singh|
|63.||Joginder Nagar||Thakur Gulab Singh|
|65.||Mandi||Ms Rani Kiran Kumari|