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The Indian National Congress on Thursday named its fifth and sixth lists of candidates comprising of 23 candidates for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections which also include former Union Ministers Arun Yadav and Sartaj Singh.
The former Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Sartaj Singh, who was in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet has joined the opposition party and will contest from Hoshangabad.
Former Lok Sabha MP Arun Yadav will contest against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Budhni.
In the sixth list, the party named six candidates while leaving out the Jatara seat for its ally Loktantrik Janata Dal.
The party has given the ticket to Sanjay Shukla from Indore-1, Mohan Singh Sengar from Indore-2 and Satyanarayan Patel from Indore-5 constituencies.
Earlier in the day, the Congress released its fifth list of 16 candidates fielding former Union Minister and BJP veteran Sartaj Singh.
He was shunted out of the state cabinet in 2016 on the basis of the 75-plus age criteria.
The state goes to the polls to elect 230-member Assembly on November 28.
The Congress had declared its first list of 155 candidates on November 2, the second list of 16 candidates on November 3, the third with 13 names on November 5 and the fourth on Wednesday. Chouhan’s brother-in-law Sanjay Singh Masani, who joined the Congress on Saturday, was named in the fourth list. He will contest from Waraseoni in Balaghat district.