The six member Congress screening committee for Punjab will meet on Friday to clear the names of candidates for the elections to the 117-member Punjab Assembly. The panel includes the three observers for the state Mohsina Kidwai (convenor), Sushilkumar Shinde and Santosh Bagrodia, besides Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, PCC chief S S Dullo and AICC general secretary in charge of the state Janardhan Dwivedi.
The state had received over 600 applications for the 117 seats. Though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s brother SS Singh was also interested in contesting for an assembly seat, he reportedly did not get the nod from his older sibling.
The CM, on his part, has already said that some sitting legislators - against whom the anti-incumbency factor had built up - would not find re-nomination. He did not specify the number.
The Sonia Gandhi-led Central Election Committee of the party, which includes the PM, will meet after the screening panel has completed the task of identifying the candidates over the next couple of days. Filing of nominations for the February 21 will take place from January 18 to 25.
While the six member screening committee for Uttarakhand will meet on January 16, on Thursday, the CEC completed the task of selecting its candidates for the 60 seats for Manipur.