Patna: The CPI(ML) (Liberation), considered a major force among the left parties in Bihar, on Monday announced the names of candidates for 19 seats which it will be contesting as a constituent of the RJD-led Grand Alliance in the state Assembly polls. Also Read - BJP-JD(U) Jodi Like Tendulkar-Sehwag: Rajnath Singh in All Praises For Nitish Kumar Govt in Bihar

Releasing the list of candidates, CPI(ML) (Liberation) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya said that the party has given tickets to youths and those who fight for farmers, labourers, education and employment. Also Read - Watch: Slippers Hurled at RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav at Bihar Election Rally

Three sitting legislators of the party – Mahboob Alam, Satyadeo Ram and Sudama Prasad – will seek re-election from Balrampur, Darauli (SC) and Tarari seats respectively. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: BJP Expels 9 Leaders For Contesting Against NDA, Ends Ties With Chirag Paswan

The party also nominated Sandeep Saurav, former general secretary of the party’s student wing All India Students Association (AISA) for Paliganj constituency, Bhattacharya said.

Saurav is also an ex-general secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union.

Another prominent new face is, Shashi Yadav, state secretary of the party’s women’s wing, All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), who will contest Digha constituency.

Bhattacharya said that Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Mahasabha national vice-president and former MLA Arun Singh will contest Karakat constituency.

According to the seat-sharing formula of the Grand Alliance, the RJD will contest 144 seats followed by the Congress which would fight 70 seats, CPI(ML) 19, CPI (six) and the CPI(M) four.

The CPI and the CPI(M) had announced the names of their candidates on Sunday.

Voting for 243 Assembly constituencies in the state will be held in three phases – October 28 (71 seats), November 3 (94 seats) and November 7 (78 seats). The counting of votes will take place on November 10.