New Delhi: Embattled with selection of party workers to be fielded in the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janta Party has released its first list of candidates.

Lagging behind from other parties in declaring the contestants name, the BJP high command made consensus over 150 seats on Monday night. Earlier this week, the core committee in a meeting reached agreement over 100 names.

Meanwhile, the party had to go through the demands pressed by Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath over two dozen seats. According to the sources, Adityanath laid stress on the core group for giving tickets to candidates of his choice. It needs to be mentioned that in the last Losk Sabha election, BJP fielded Vijay Dubey from Kushinagar and YD Singh from Basti following the demand made by Adityanath. However, both the candidates left the party.

In a meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday, the party is likely to declare the name of its important leaders to contest in UP elections.

JPN/Bureau