8 Oct 2023

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections-2023: CEC approves Names Of 125 Congress Candidates; What Discussions Took Place In Meeting?

New Delhi: To select the Congress candidates to be fielded in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections-2023, the party's newly formed Central Election Committee has given final approval to the names of about 125 candidates after extensive discussion on about 140 seats. The names of the candidates are likely to be announced in the initial days of Durga Puja.

The CEC meeting chaired by Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge was attended by party parliamentary party chief Sonia Gandhi, former party president Rahul Gandhi, other CEC members, party general secretary and Madhya Pradesh in-charge Randeep Surjewala, State Congress Committee President Kamal Nath and many others leaders.

If sources are to be believed, the CEC members had a detailed discussion on the list of possible candidates proposed by the screening committee. Randeep Singh Surjewala and Kamal Nath placed before the CEC the proposal prepared in the context of area-wise candidates on the basis of local survey and other reports.

Scrutiny committee asked to re-examine some seats

It was made clear at the very beginning of the meeting that candidate.'s ability to win will be the main criterion for giving ticket. After this, in the meeting, some members of CEC made public their information received from various sources and asked the scrutiny committee to re-investigate some seats.

Request to cancel tickets of a dozen MLAs

Sources said it has been decided to field most of the party's current sitting MLAs. Although the CEC was requested to cancel the tickets of about a dozen MLAs citing their bad report cards, no final decision in this regard has been taken by the CEC in today's meeting.

A suggestion has been given to the state leadership to conduct a survey again and check on such MLAs. Sources are saying that clear instructions have been given in the meeting that the candidature of any capable candidate should not be affected due to factionalism.

Candidates who lost by small margin to be fielded again

The party is going to give a chance to most of the candidates who lost by a very small margin in the last elections.  A strategy has also been made to field senior leaders of the party and a final decision has also been taken on their names. Sources are saying that the names of capable candidates have also been considered for about 50 such seats where currently there are BJP MLAs.

Announcement postponed due to Pitrupaksha

It is being said that the announcement of the names of the candidates decided today has been postponed due to Pitrupaksha, but such candidates have been given formal indication from the state unit so that there is no lack of preparation.

Sources are telling that if the survey for the remaining seats is conducted in two-three days as per the guidelines of CEC, then before the release of the first list, i.e. before Navratri, there will be a second meeting of CEC in which the final decision on most of the remaining seats will be taken.

After the meeting, Kamal Nath told reporters that no decision has been taken yet. We will take this decision in six-seven days. About 140 seats were discussed. After listening to everyone's suggestions, we will call a meeting again and take a decision.

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