MP Election 2023: After the BJP released three lists of candidates for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, the Congress has also started preparing to announce its first list. On Friday, senior leaders of the Pradesh Congress, including state Congress president Kamal Nath and former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, deliberated on the names of candidates for 66 seats where the party has faced consecutive defeats.
Now, on October 3, a screening committee meeting is scheduled to send the names of candidates to the Central Election Committee. After October 5, the party may announce the first list of candidates. The Congress had held its first screening committee meeting in Delhi on September 11, 12, and 13 to discuss the names of potential candidates.
Previously, the committee, led by former Union Minister Jitendra Singh, Pradesh In-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala, and other senior leaders, had discussions with district presidents, district in-charges, state office-bearers, block presidents, and members of the election committee to consider the names of candidates.
The names of candidates were discussed based on survey reports and feedback from the organization. The first round of discussions focused on seats where the party currently has incumbent legislators. The Congress has 95 legislators in Madhya Pradesh’s 230-member legislative assembly. Of these, 76 have the support of survey reports and feedback from organizational officials.
Additionally, the discussions also encompassed 66 seats where the party has faced consecutive defeats in the last three elections. It is said that the first list may feature candidates for these seats who have faced repeated defeats. After Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s public meeting in Mohankheda, Dhar, on October 5, the party is expected to make candidate announcements.