The Congress on Thursday declared its fifth list of 16 candidates for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, which included former Union minister Sartaj Singh, who moved to the party from the BJP earlier in the day.
The opposition party announced Singh as its candidate from Hoshangabad minutes after he quit the BJP which denied him ticket in its third list.
The party is yet to announce candidates for Budhni (Sehore district), Manpur (Dhar), Indore-2, Indore-5 and Jatara (Tikamgarh)
It is hunting for a heavy-weight candidate against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the BJP's face for the polls, in his bastion Budhni, so that he is confined to his constituency, Congress sources said.
The ruling BJP is yet to announce six candidates.
The Congress has nominated the former Union minister from Seoni-Malwa constituency for the upcoming polls.
Waraseoni is currently represented by BJP's Yogendra Nirmal.
Masani's name figured in the Congress' fourth list, released Wednesday night.
The Congress had announced its first list on November 3.
In the current Assembly, the party has 57 MLAs.
The Congress has been out of power in Madhya Pradesh since 2003. The incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is seeking a fourth straight term.
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