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Samata releases first list

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, MARCH 30. The former Joint Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), N.K. Singh, and the Samata Party president, Brahmanand Mandal, are among the 45 candidates fielded by the party in 10 States for the coming elections.

While Mr. Singh is in contest for the Madhepura seat, Mr. Mandal will contest from Monghyr. The party has named candidates for 14 other constituencies in Bihar. The main contenders under the Samata banner are: Ashok Paswan (Sasaram), Shankar Prasad (Barh), Naval Kishore Sahi (Sitamarhi), Jai Krishna Mandal (Purnia), H.P. Singh (Arrah), Gopal Nishad (Aurangabad), Ram Gulam Sahani (Khagaria) and Pramod Kumar Patel (Gopalganj).

Releasing the first list and the party manifesto here today, Mr. Mandal said the party would contest 61 seats.

The party has fielded 11 candidates in Madhya Pradesh and three in Uttar Pradesh. It has named one candidate each in Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi and Chhatisgarh, four each in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir and three in Assam.

Mr. Mandal accused the Janata Dal (United) of fielding certain candidates with a ``dubious'' background in Bihar and hobnobbing with ``criminal and anti-social elements'' with an aim to reap electoral benefits.

The party's manifesto, though brief, focussed on giving a society that was ``free from fear, corruption and crime.''

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