What’s more, Singh has failed to ensure his wife Pratibha Singh’s candidature from Kasumpti constituency.
The Congress reluctance to give a free hand to Singh, the state party chief, in ticket allotment is seen to be the fallout of factionalism. Two meetings of the party’s state election committee have remained deadlocked.
According to sources privy to the developments, one faction backs Singh, while the other has the support of Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma.
Incidentally, not many Sharma loyalists have made it to the list of finalised candidates, many of whom are fence-sitters.
“The Congress top leadership in Delhi stepped in to end the internal jostling for tickets,” said a party leader who did not want to be named. The party had received 735 applications for the 68 assembly seats.
Congress is yet to finalise candidates for six seats. Party leaders are yet to hit the campaign trail even though BJP has been quick off the blocks, declaring its first list of candidates on September 28, four days before the election commission announced the polls.