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Congress election committee likely to shortlist Gujarat candidates

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Gandhinagar/New Delhi, Nov 10: The Congress party’s central election committee is likely to meet on Friday to finalise the list of candidates for the Gujarat Assembly elections.

The meeting in New Delhi will be chaired by All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Sonia Gandhi, where top party leaders, including from the poll-bound state, are likely to attend.

The Congress will be fielding candidates in all the 89 constituencies of the first phase of elections, to be held on December 9. Around 100 candidates which have been selected by the scrutiny panel are likely to be finalized for the first phase initially, according to sources.

The meeting will be attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel. Senior party leaders from Gujarat, like Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Bharatsinh Solanki and Gujarat in-charge for elections, Ashok Gehlot, have already reached Delhi for the meeting. Other senior leaders like Siddharth Patel, Shaktisinh Gohil and Arjun Modhwadia are likely to attend.

The list of candidates will be finalized and the candidates will be instructed to start their preparations for the contest, but they won’t be publicly declared till two or three days prior to the day of nomination, the sources said.

Earlier, just after the Rajya Sabha seat elections for Gujarat in August, the grand old party had announced that as a reward to loyal MLAs who did not give in to the massive allurements and temptations by the BJP, all the sitting MLAs will be given tickets to contest the assembly elections.

It will be interesting to see which candidates are likely to be given the chance as the party is also in talks with Hardik Patel, leader of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) who has been agitating against the BJP government, demanding reservation status for his Patel community for about two-and-a half years.

Congress senior leader Kapil Sibal has assured the Patidar community a reservation status on a constitutional basis, if the party comes to power in Gujarat. The leaders had brief discussions late night on Wednesday and the talks are still in progress. Now the ball is in Hardik Patel’s court as they will deliberate on the offer by the Congress and discuss it with his community’s leaders and institutions.

The state elections are on the radar of national politics as it is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also BJP national President Amit Shah. The BJP government is under heavy pressure to retain power under the anti-incumbency it has been facing in the form of agitations by various communities in recent times.

The Gujarat elections will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14 and the results will be declared on December 18.

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130 candidates facing criminal cases in fray for Chhattisgarh polls

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New Delhi, Nov 13 : As many as 130 candidates facing declared criminal cases, 90 of them involving serious charges like attempt to murder, are among the 1,079 candidates in the fray for the second phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls in 72 constituencies.

A total of 239 crorepati (multi-millionaire) candidates are contesting the second phase of polls to be held on Nov 20 in 19 districts.

According to an analysis by election watchdog the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the Congress with 18 such candidates leads the list of those with criminal antecedents followed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with 17 and the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) with 15. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 6 such candidates.

Of the 90 candidates facing serious criminal charges, 11 are from the Congress, 13 from the AAP and 14 from the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J).

Congress’ Jaisingh Agrawal, vying for Korba seat, is among the candidates with the most number of criminal charges that include forgery, criminal conspiracy and obscene act. Another Congress nominee, Ashish Kumar Chhabra for the Bemetara seat is among those facing charges of attempt to murder.

Among the multimillionaires, 53 are from the Congress, 61 from the BJP and 35 from Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J).

Congress veteran T.S. Singh Deo, contesting from Ambikapur, is the richest nominee with assets in excess of Rs 500 crore. While 19 candidates have declared nil assets, independent nominee Rubeena Anjum from the Raipur City South possesses “assets” of just Rs 104.

599 candidates are school dropouts while 9 are illiterate. Only 111 female candidates are contesting in the second phase.

The first phase of polling in 18 constituencies spread across eight Maoist-affected district was held on Monday.

The results of the election to the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly will be declared on December 11.

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Telangana Assembly Elections: Congress-TDP candidates list out

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Hyderabad, Nov 13: After keeping all waiting, the main opposition Congress and its TDP ally in Telangana have finally released their first lists of candidates for the December 7 assembly elections.

Both constituents of ‘Mahakutami’ or the grand alliance announced their candidates late on Monday.

While Congress released a list of 65 candidates, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) named nine.

The process of filing of nominations for the elections to 119-seat assembly that began on Monday, will continue till November 18.

The Congress, which is leading the four-party ‘Mahakutami’, plans to contest 95 seats, leaving the remaining for TDP, Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and Communist Party of India (CPI).

However, a formal agreement over seat sharing was yet to be reached.

Former union ministers, former state ministers, former MPs, sitting legislators and those who crossed over to the Congress from other parties have been included in the list of 65 candidates.

State Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy would be seeking re-election from Huzurnagar constituency, while his wife Padmavati Reddy would again contest from Kodad.

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader K. Jana Reddy (Nagarjunasagar) while its campaign committee chairman and working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka (Madhira), working presidents Ponnam Prabhakar and A. Revanth Reddy would be in the fray from Karimnagar and Kodangal seats.

Among former union ministers Sarve Satyanarayana (Secunderabad Cantonment), while P. Balram Naik (Mahabubabad). Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council, Mohammed Ali Shabbir is Congress candidate from Kamareddy.

Former Deputy Chief Minister and chairman of manifesto committee C. Damodar Rajanarasimha has been fielded from Andole.

Congress has named V. Pratap Reddy as its candidate against Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrashekhar Rao in Gajwel.

Pratap Reddy who had contested on a TDP ticket against Rao and finished runners up in 2014. He has just joined the Congress.

The TDP has also announced its first list of candidates. Prominent among them are former MP and senior leader Nama Nageswara Rao (Khammam), R. Prakash Reddy (Warangal West) and S. Venkat Verraiah (Sattupalli).

Former minister T. Devender Goud’s son Virender Goud will contest from Uppal constituency. The lone Muslim candidate in the list is Muzaffar Ali, who will contest from Malakpet constituency in Hyderabad.

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Locals threaten to boycott Madhya Pradesh elections

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Bhopal, Nov 13: As Madhya Pradesh assembly elections are nearing, the residents of seven unauthorised colonies in Neemuch’s Baghana have threatened to boycott the polls.

They have pasted posters outside their houses stating they will boycott the forthcoming elections.

The locals are also opposing the entry of any political leader in the area, saying that till the time their colonies are not declared authorized and they are not provided with basic facilities, they would neither allow anyone to campaign in the area nor will exercise their franchise, news agency ANI reported.

” Five years back they promised us they’ll declare our colony authorised. But nothing happened. It’s been 30 years since the colony was established.  Won’t let any political leader come here. We won’t cast votes”, Mukesh Rao a resident told media.

The black flag was also seen outside their house as a sign of protest.

Madhya Pradesh will go to polls on November 28 and counting of votes will take place on December 11.

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