Nine from Kerala, including union minister V Muraleedharan and former governor of Mizoram, Kummanam Rajasekharan feature in the list.
The P K Krishnadas and Sobha Surendran-led dissident factions have been holding themselves back from taking the issue to explosive levels.
Union Minister V Muraleedharan was fielded by the party in the 2016 assembly polls and was defeated by around 7,000 votes.
Even 64 years after Kerala was formed, female representation in the Assembly has remained stagnant.
Though the BJP central committee has recommended that Sobha Surendra be given a seat for the April 6 polls, when the list was announced on Sunday, Sobha's name was conspicuously absent.
K Surendran denies reports that he had threatened to resign if Sobha Surenedran is in the fray
It has been rumoured that the central leadership wanted Sobha Surendran to contest from Kazhakkoottam, but her name was dropped following opposition from the state leaders.
BJP national vice-president A P Abdullakutty will contest from Malappuram. Shobha Surendran too is being considered for Kazhakootam.
There are 10 vice-presidents, including A N Radhakrishnan, Sobha Surendran and A P Abdullakutty.
Top BJP sources said A N Radhakrishnan, who is now a general secretary, had told the party that he would not take up any post under Surendran.