Congress screening panel approves tickets for 40 MLAs,three left out

Names sent to party’s central poll panel for approval; final list expected after Diwali.

Written by Apurva | New Delhi | Published: October 29, 2013 1:12 am

The AICC screening committee on Monday submitted a docket of 40 names— all sitting MLAs — to the Congress’ Central Election Committee (CEC) for final approval.

Even as sources in the party hinted that a list of candidates could be declared soon after Diwali,the screening committee is expected to hold another meeting on Wednesday to consider candidates for Delhi’s remaining 30 seats.

Sources in the party said a list of 40 names was submitted to the CEC on Monday morning. “Names of all sitting MLAs,save three who face serious charges,were submitted to the CEC,which is the highest decision-making authority. The screening committee will meet again later this week to deliberate candidates for the remaining 30 constituencies,” a Congress leader said. In Delhi,43 of 70 MLAs are from Congress.

Sources said the screening committee withheld names of three MLAs who face serious charges. These are Dayanand Chandila (Rajouri Garden),Jaswant Rana (Narela) and Asif Mohammed Khan (Okhla).

“These MLAs face serious charges and members of the screening committee expressed certain doubts. The party had earlier decided that candidates facing serious charges and those who had lost two elections consecutively would be denied tickets,” a senior party functionary said. The committee had flagged Jangpura MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah,but objections were later withdrawn.

Earlier,the party’s Delhi poll committee had tasked Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Delhi party chief J P Agarwal with suggesting nominees for constituencies where Congress had lost in the 2008 election.

“The CM and Delhi party chief have held meetings to decide probable candidates under guidelines from screening committee. They will suggest between two and five names per constituency (in 30 seats),which will then be submitted to the screening committee,” a senior Congress leader said.

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