The Congress seems all set to announce a first list of candidates for the Delhi Assembly elections within a week to coincide with the notification of polls on November 9. While sources in the party believe the partys Central Election Committee (CEC) will clear a first list,the AICC screening committee has completed the exercise of recommending a panel of candidates for 27 constituencies the party lost in the 2008 elections.
A senior functionary of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Monday said that the CEC would release a list by the end of the week. The screening committee had forwarded a list of 40 sitting MLAs to the CEC last week,of which many are likely to be approved by the latter. We hope to have a list ready before the first day of filing nominations for the elections, he said.
According to sources in the Congress,40 of the 43 sitting MLAs were likely to be renominated while the remaining three were put on hold. The screening committee cleared 40 names,but the remaining three face serious charges. This will be discussed in the next screening committee meeting on November 6, a senior leader said.
Sources also stated that the screening committee had recently completed the exercise of recommending a panel of names of the 27 constituencies the congress lost in 2008. A panel of between two and five names per constituency has been done. While most constituencies include two or three names each,some constituencies where all members were in agreement have just one name while few others where we could not come to a consensus comprise at least four, a senior leader said.