Rajasthan Congress may issue the first list of candidates by mid-March
Under the chairmanship of PCC chief and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, the Congress Election Committee will discuss the Lok Sabha candidate panel on Wednesday. The party expects that by the middle of March, the first list of candidates on 'safe seats' will be released.
Before the Rajasthan assembly elections, the pilot was made the head of the committee. Former LOP (Leader of Opposition) Rameshwar Dudi and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Meena respectively is co-chairman and convenors of the committee, while Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is a member of the committee.
This meeting will consider the names of candidates of 25 Lok Sabha seats. It has been learned that the meeting will unanimously pass a resolution giving a right to invite Congress President Rahul Gandhi to final call in the selection of candidates to reduce the likelihood of objections by local leaders on some candidates.
A similar process was adopted by the committee before the Assembly elections, and CEC (central election committee) after consulting with Gehlot, Pilot and Dudi had finalised the list.
The seats will be where there is no objection to the suitable candidate. The party has been discussing the names of candidates for almost two weeks. Senior leaders, ministers, along with Gehlot, Pilot and Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pandey, have deliberated candidature by taking feedback from local leaders in marathon meetings at the beginning of this month.
The Congress is facing grave factionalism which can influence the party's election prospects in the coming elections.