New Delhi: Congress party is likely to announce the first list of its candidates for upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections soon. On Wednesday, the screening committee of the party along with several senior leaders associated with the state held a series of meetings to b rainstorm over possible candidates.
Sonia Gandhi led Congress and Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have announced a pre-poll alliance in the state where both the parties would be contest 125 assembly seats each. Maharashtra has a total of 288 assembly seats and the rest of the seats are left for other smaller regional parties which would be part of the alliance.
“We had marathon meetings on Wednesday and the prime objective was to discuss candidate selection. We had discussion on 100 seats where winnability criteria of each candidate was looked into. We are hopeful that the first list of candidates will be announced soon within this week," a senior functionary from the state who attended the meeting on Wednesday said requesting anonymity.
Another party leader said that all the sitting MLAs of the party would be repeated in this election and apart from this focus is on younger candidates. “We are looking at fresh faces and young candidates particularly in seats which we have not won in the last two assembly elections," the second leader added.
The schedule for Maharashtra state elections are yet to be released but is expected to happen later this year. NCP has already announced the first list of its candidates with 5 names. Congress-NCP alliance will take over the ruling alliance of Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena under chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in the state.