Ending the suspense over P Chidambaram’s Sivaganga seat, the Congress Thursday nominated his son Karti. The finance minister, said to have been eager to pass on the baton, is likely to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha later.
The Congress fielded veterans Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mani Shankar Aiyar respectively from Udhampur and Mayiladuthurai. Aiyar has three years left in the Rajya Sabha, and the party might not regain this seat in a bypoll, but the absence of an alternative forced the decision.
Controversial guru Acharya Pramod Krishnan who has lodged an FIR against RSS leaders, was given the ticket to Sambhal. Purnmasi Ram, inducted Wednesday from the JD(U), will defend his Gopalganj seat. The Congress retained sitting MPs Mahabal Mishra and Ramesh Kumar in West and South Delhi, completing the renomination of all seven MPs in Delhi.
Against Sushma Swaraj in Vidisha is Laxman Singh, brother of Digvijaya Singh. Laxman was with the BJP in 2009 when he lost from Rajgarh. He was expelled in 2010 for slamming Nitin Gadkari who had called Digvijay Singh “Aurangzeb ki aulad”.