Names of Harish Rawat, Pradesh Congress Committee ( PCC) chief, Pritam Singh, Indira Hridayesh, Pradeep Tamta, Kishore Upadhyaya and former MP Mahendra Pal Singh said to be in the panel of candidates.
Taking no chances in the crucial Lok Sabha elections, the congress party is likely to field its most influential leaders in the five parliamentary constituencies. The party is learnt to have included the names of the former Chief Minister and General Secretary of All India Congress Committee Harish Rawat, Pradesh Congress Committee ( PCC) chief, Pritam Singh, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in state assembly Indira Hridayesh, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP), Pradeep Tamta, former PCC President Kishore Upadhyaya and former MP Mahendra Pal Singh in the panel of candidates.
Of the above mentioned names, Pritam Singh and Indira Hridayesh are MLAs while Tamta is Rajya Sabha MP with more than three years still remaining for completion of his term.
Political observers opine that since Congress has become bereft of leaders in recent times with many prominent names shifting allegiance to BJP, it is left with no alternative but to field its top guns in the do or die battle of the Lok Sabha polls. Party sources informed that former CM, Harish Rawat is likely to be fielded by the party from Haridwar Lok Sabha seat. Rawat incidentally won from Haridwar parliamentary seat in the elections of 2009 but in 2014, his wife Renuka Rawat lost to Ramesh Pokhariyal ‘ Nishank’ of BJP in 2019.
From Tehri seat the names of PCC president Pritam Singh and former PCC chief Kishore are making rounds while Indira Hridayesh and Mahendra Pal Singh are said to be in race for Nainital- Udham Singh Nagar constituency. Here, former MP and scion of Chand dynasty of Kumaon, K C Singh Bawa has expressed his inability to contest and extended support to Mahendra Pal Singh. In Almora, Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Tamta is most likely to be given party’s ticket.
Here prominent congress leader Sarita Arya is also in contention. From Garhwal Lok Sabha seat, the names of former Minister Surendra Singh Negi, Ganesh Godiyal and Rajendra Singh Bhandari are making rounds.
The party here is said to be weighing the name of Lt Gen TPS Rawat ( Rtd) despite his advanced age as the constituency has a large presence of ex servicemen voters.
Meanwhile on Sunday, the meeting of state screening committee was held in New Delhi in which discussions on the probable names sent by the district and Mahanagar presidents were held. The state screening committee also took into account the report of the party observers and findings of the internal survey done by the party.
After brain storming session, the state screening committee selected a panel of candidates for every parliamentary seat and sent to the central screening committee. This meeting of state screening committee was attended by in charge of Uttarakhand Congress Anugrah Narayan Singh, PCC President Pritam Singh, LoP Indira Hridayesh and State co in charge Pankaj Dharmani.
The names sent by the state screening committee would now put before the central screening committee which would select the names of the candidates which would be released after endorsement from the parliamentary board of the party.
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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