Raipur: The Congress on Saturday released another list of 37 candidates for Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018, which are scheduled to be held in two phases on November 12 and 20. For phase 1, the party has already announced the names of candidates on 18 constituencies. A total of 72 seats will be contested in the second phase.

The party has fielded Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Bhupesh Baghel from the Patan assembly constituency whereas, TS Singh Deo, the Congress Legislature Party leader, will contest from Ambikapur. Former Union Minister Charan Das Mahant will contest from Sakti.

Earlier on October 22, the party had released a list of six candidates for the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018. The grand-old party also announced that late former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee‘s niece Karuna Shukla will be contesting against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh from Rajnandgaon. The party had earlier announced 12 candidates for the Chhattisgarh polls.

Former BJP member Karuna Shukla has previously represented Janjgir constituency. She parted ways with the saffron party in 2013. She contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Bilaspur constituency but was defeated by BJP’s Lakhan Lal Sahu.

The Congress had on October 18 released the first list of 12 candidates for the Chhattisgarh assembly elections. Eleven of the 12 candidates announced were on seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes. The party has fielded seven sitting legislators and five fresh faces for the 12 of the 18 seats that go to the polls for the first phase on November 12.

The first phase of polling is spread across Maoist-affected districts of Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Sukma, Kondagaon, Kanker, Narayanpur and Rajnandgaon.

The counting of votes and results will be announced on December 11. The tenure of 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly ends on January 5, 2019.