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Congress finalises Lok Sabha candidates for 15 seats in Gujarat, 7 in Maharashtra, 5 in Rajasthan: Sources

The Congress sat for the second consecutive day to decide candidates for the Lok Sabha elections 2024, scheduled to be held in seven phases beginning from April 19. Results will be declared on June 4.

Reported By : Vijai Laxmi Edited By : Shashwat Bhandari
New Delhi
Updated on: March 21, 2024 2:45 IST
Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, former party chief Sonia
Image Source : INDIA TV Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, former party chief Sonia Gandhi among other leaders during CEC meeting.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: The Congress on Wednesday brainstormed candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2024 in the Chief Election Committee (CEC) meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, KC Venugopal Rao, and Sachin Pilot among other leaders.

According to sources, the party has finalised 15 candidates from Gujarat, seven candidates from Maharashtra, and five from Rajasthan.

The party will once again sit for CEC meeting around 3:30 pm on Thursday to discuss candidates for Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. 

In Gujarat, the party may field Paresh Dhanani from Rajkot, Amit Chavda from Anand, Sukhram Rathva from Chhota Udepur, Tushar Chowdhary from Sabarkantha.

Former Home Minister Sunil Kumar Shinde younger daughter Praniti Shinde may contest from Sholapur. In Rajasthan's Dausa, the Congress may name Murari Meena, Kuldeep Indora from Sri Ganganagar, Sunil Sharma from Jaipur city.

In Maharashtra, Congress may name Shahu Chhatrapati from Kolhapur, Balwant Wankhede from Amravati, Ravindra Dangekar from Pune and KC Padavi from Nandurbar, Vikas Thackeray from Nagpur, Namdev Kirsan from Gadchiroli, Abhay Patil from Akola, Vasantrao Chavan from Nanded, Dr Kalge from Latur.

Sources also said that Nana Patole and Maharashtra LoP Vijay Namdevrao Wadettiwar may be asked to contest the elections. 

The party had sat on Tuesday as well and discussed candidates for West Bengal, Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar, Puducherry, Karnataka, Telangana Lok Sabha seats and Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim Assembly elections.

Congress MP Manickam Tagore on Tuesday said that the opposition's alliance will win 300 seats in the upcoming general elections.

Sources said the two sitting Congress Lok Sabha members from West Bengal -- Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury from Berhampore and Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury from Maldaha Dakshin -- are likely to be the party's candidates from the two seats.

The Congress has so far announced 82 candidates for the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls beginning April 19.

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