Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) will on Tuesday submit a preliminary list of prospective candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections to the party high command in New Delhi.
It will also sit with all-India Congress alliance committee head AK Antony to discuss possible alliance partners for the parliamentary polls. Sources in the Punjab Congress said the preliminary list of candidates for all 13 seats in the state was prepared based on a statewide survey and inputs from senior leaders and office-bearers of the district party committees.
The PPCC has three possible choices from each constituency, with win-ability as prime criterion for selection. It will request the party high command to announce the final candidates by the second or third week of January to give them sufficient time to prepare in their constituencies.
PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa will also meet Antony to finalise the possible alliances in Punjab for the contest. "A possible alliance with secular parties CPI (Communist Party of India), CPM (Communist Party of India-Marxist), BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) and PPP (People's Party of Punjab) cannot be ruled out," said a source in the party. Bajwa confirmed that many meetings with the party leadership in New Delhi were lined up on Tuesday but declined to divulge the details.
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