Congress on Thursday released the fifth list of its candidates for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018. The list contains the names of 16 candidates. The list also mentions a 17th constituency for which candidature is pending.
One of the big names in the list is of Sartaj Singh, a former BJP leader who switched over to the grand old party. He will contest from Hoshangabad constituency.
In Devsar, a reserved seat, the Congress fielded Bansmani Verma in place of Rambhajkan Saket. The other reserved seat in the list is Manpur, the candidature of which is still pending.
Among the candidates are Babu Jandel from Sheopur, Shivjeet Singh from Panna, Mithilesh Jain from Murwara, Vinay Kumar Saxena from Jabalpur Uttar, Girish Sharma from Govindpura, and Satyanarayan Patidar from Neemuch.
The Congress had released its fourth list of 29 candidates for the polls on Wednesday. The list had the name of Sanjay Singh Masani, the brother-in-law of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who will contest from Waraseoni constituency in Balaghat district of the state.
The Congress is looking to come back to power after 15 years. The party announced the first list of 155 candidates on 3 November in which it re-nominated 46 lawmakers.
The Congress has 57 MLAs in the 230-member house.