The BJP on Friday released its first list of 177 candidates for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, slashing tickets of 63 MLAs and fielding Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from the Budhni seat, scotching speculation that he may change his constituency.
Among the 177 names announced out of the total of 230 Assembly seats, 14 are women candidates, even as 63 sitting MLAs, who have been denied tickets, replaced with new faces. The party also repeated 95 MLAs who won the election during 2013.
Chouhan would continue to file his nomination from his traditional Budhni seat.
The party also announced candidates for 28 Assembly seats in Telangana and 24 in Mizoram.