New Delhi, January 13
Congress president Sonia Gandhi-led central election committee of the occasion met in digital mode on Wednesday night to finalise candidates for the February 14 Punjab elections.
The CEC membership contains former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, AK Antony, Ambika Soni, KC Venugopal, Girija Vyas, Janardan Dwivedi, Mukul Wasnik, Veerappa Moily and Mohsina Kidwai.
The Press Reporter has learnt that Manmohan Singh, on account of frail well being, will not be attending the CEC assembly on Punjab.
The previous PM has not been attending the CEC conferences for different poll-bound states as nicely.
Round 60 to 70 seats of Punjab are learnt to be within the clear with the assembly underway at 9 pm.
Punjab Congress marketing campaign committee chairman Sunil Jakhar is learnt to have joined the assembly from overseas the place he has needed to journey attributable to home exigency.
The assembly is predicted to clear, amongst different candidates, actor Sonu Sood’s sister Malvika Sood from Moga.
The candidature of Sidhu Mossewala, a Congress ticket aspirant from Mansa, might be mentioned, stated sources.
The occasion is predicted to first clear the vast majority of sitting MLAs together with the candidatures of prime leaders Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab Congress chief’s Navjot Singh Sidhu, ministers and former state unit president Partap Bajwa.
Sources stated the difficulty of a chief ministerial face in Punjab may additionally come up for discussions given the current remarks by the CM and Sidhu.
Whereas the CM stated the occasion ought to declare a CM face as a result of it has at all times gained at any time when a face has been declared earlier than elections, Sidhu stated the individuals of Punjab and never the occasion excessive command will determine the Punjab CM.
These remarks, Congress insiders say, are at variance with the choice within the screening committee conferences to struggle elections underneath a collective management.
Sources stated the screening committee determined that posters of CM Channi, Sidhu and Jakhar ought to be utilized in equal measure to offer Congress an inclusive attraction within the state.