Cong list for Raj polls by Tues­day

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Jaipur: The Con­gress is likely to de­clare its first list of can­di­dates for Ra­jasthan assem­bly elec­tions by Tues­day, Novem­ber 13. The party’s state unit has sent names of can­di­dates for over 120 seats to its cen­tral poll com­mit­tee, and Con­gress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi will fi­nalise it. The process of fil­ing nom­i­na­tions in the state is set to start on Mon­day.

Jaipur: The count­down for dec­la­ra­tion of can­di­dates by the Con­gress for the up­com­ing Ra­jasthan Assem­bly polls has be­gun. The screen­ing com­mit­tee panel headed by Ku­mari Selja took feed­back of four sec­re­tary in-charges on the pan­els of can­di­dates in New Delhi on Fri­day and the first list of can­di­dates is likely to be re­leased on Tues­day af­ter ap­proval by the Cen­tral Elec­tion Com­mit­tee (CEC) that will hold a meet­ing headed by party pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi.

PCC chief Sachin Pi­lot, Ra­jasthan in-charge Av­inash Pandey and Leader of Op­po­si­tion in the state Ramesh­war Dudi were also a part of the feed­back meet where pan­els were dis­cussed district wise. Sources said names have been sug­gested for over 120 seats and sent to Delhi for party chief ’s fi­nal ap­proval. In ear­lier rounds of the meet­ings, the panel ze­roed in on 90 seats, but Rahul had ob­jec­tions on many pan­els and di­rected the screen­ing com­mit­tee to re-ex­am­ine them.

“The nom­i­na­tion fil­ing process for the assem­bly elec­tion shall be­gin in Ra­jasthan

The list will con­tain max­i­mum num­ber of those can­di­dates on which the con­sen­sus has been reached be­tween se­nior party lead­ers and the screen­ing com­mit­tee.

A se­nior party leader from Ra­jasthan

with a no­ti­fi­ca­tion by the elec­tion de­part­ment on Mon­day. The party is very well aware of it, and the first list will be re­leased by Mon­day or Tues­day. The list will con­tain max­i­mum num­ber of those can­di­dates on which the con­sen­sus has been reached be­tween se­nior party lead­ers and the screen­ing com­mit­tee,” said a se­nior party leader.

The state Con­gress faced con­tro­ver­sies while pre­par­ing list of can­di­dates. It was re­ported that some lead­ers gave ‘fake’ feed­back on cer­tain names which drew flak from the party high com­mand in pre­vi­ous Cen­tral Elec­tion Com­mit­tee meet­ing. A photo went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia in which Selja was seen giv­ing ticket to a can­di­date tak­ing Rs 3.5 crore. How­ever, Pi­lot came for­ward in ev­ery­one’s de­fence and dis­missed the al­le­ga­tions.

(From left) Con­gress lead­ers Sachin Pi­lot, Ashok Gehlot and Av­inash Pandey

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