Archana Jaiswal is Congress' mayoral candidate for Indore. The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) announced her name late Monday evening. Jaiswal was earlier state Mahila Congress president.
Other names are yet to be announced. So, the wait continues for formal announcement of mayoral candidates for the remaining cities viz. Bhopal, Jabalpur and Chhindwara. Also, the corporators' names are yet to be announced. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already announced names of all its mayoral candidates but the Congress is yet to declare the names of its candidates.
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The Congress was supposed to start announcing the names from Monday. However, the announcement was postponed during the day. The Congress officials said that a partial list may be announced on Monday evening. However, by late evening, only Jaiswal's name (candidature) was formally announced.
While party leaders said the delay was because a central observer couldn't reach timely, insiders in the party said Kailash Mishra's name was almost finalised for Bhopal's mayor. However, some other candidates' names came up in the last couple of days.
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The discussions continued till Monday evening. As a result, the corporators' names could also not be announced. There was also tussle on tickets for the corporators. The Arif Aqueel faction is also putting pressure for ticket to certain candidates. Aqueel, the lone Congress legislator from Bhopal, who has been winning the Assembly election consistently, is a local heavyweight and hence the party leaders have to lend ear to his demands.
Apart from mayor, the tickets of 85 corporators have to be announced in Bhopal. The municipal polls are also being held in Jabalpur, Indore and Chhindwara. The polling would take place on January 31.