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Congress geared up to hold first CEC meeting

AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh said that the meeting of the Central Election Committee will be held soon to decide candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2009 15:08 IST

Congress is all geared up to hold its first meeting of the Central Election Committee to decide candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh said that the meeting of the CEC will be held "soon". The candidates will be announced after the meeting of the CEC.

The grand old party is facing "tough" demands from its allies - NCP in Maharashtra, SP in Uttar Pradesh, LJP in Bihar, amongst others and finding it difficult to wriggle out of the situation.

Though the Congress Working Committee has made it clear that it will only go for state-specific alliances and not a national alliance to shrug off pressure from the allies, the problem of demands in several states still persist.

Party sources said that the first list of candidates will come out only after February 8 when the District and Block Congress Presidents' convention is held here at the Ramlila grounds.

"As it will be an open session and there will be a free exchange of ideas, there is bound to be criticism against candidates if the list is declared before the convention. To prevent bad blood before the convention, the first list is likely to be declared only after the meeting is over," a senior party leader said.

While party President Sonia Gandhi had asked the PCC Presidents and the AICC office-bearers in charge of various states to submit their list by January 31, it is understood that in some of the states, the process of preparing a panel of names for the CEC is not yet over.