The screening committee on Punjab on Saturday held its first meeting in Delhi to shortlist the candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.
In the three-hour-long meeting, the panel headed by Kerala MP PC Chacko took stock of the performance of the Congress candidates from all assembly segments falling in the 13 parliamentary constituencies, for the last four years.
Sources said that by the time the first meeting of the screening committee took place the list of the applicants had already touched the 140 mark, including Patiala Congress MP and union minister of state for external affairs, Preneet Kaur.
The screening committee had categorically declared that the sitting Congress MPs need not apply for the Lok Sabha ticket and their candidature would be considered on the basis of their performance during the last five years.
The Patiala parliamentary constituency was the only seat from where the Punjab election committee had received no application for the candidature.
The other members who participated in the panel meeting included AICC general secretary and in-charge of Punjab affairs Shakeel Ahmed, AICC secretary Deepak Babaria, AICC secretary Harish Chaudhary, PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa and CLP leader Sunil Jakhar.