Congress on Wednesday initiated the process for selection of candidates for the upcoming Punjab elections with the Central Screening Committee holding discussions with the party’s state unit chief Amarinder Singh. Top Congress leaders in the state, including the party’s in charge of Punjab affairs Asha Kumari, sat with committee chairman Ashok Gehlot and screened the candidates for the upcoming assembly election.
Assembly polls in Punjab are slated early next year and Congress is making desperate attempts to get back to power after remaining in political wilderness in the state for 10 years.
Congress lost two successive elections to the ruling Akali-BJP combine in 2007 and 2012.
Sources said Amarinder held discussions with Gehlot and other leaders on candidates for various seats and will recommend names to the Central Election Committee soon.