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    Assam Poll: Congress’s list of candidates for the first round likely in next 48 hours

    The party’s screening committee to meet grass-root level party workers tomorrow: Congress Assam in-charge Jitendra Singh Alwar

    Guwahati: With the first phase of Assam assembly elections knocking at the door, the Opposition party of Congress has decided to consult with its grass-root workers before preparing the list of its candidates for the first phase.

    However, the party believed that it would be able to prepare it within the next 48 hours besides settling the seat-sharing matter with its allies.

    Congress general secretary in-charge of Assam, Jitendra Singh Alwar said, “The party has decided to have the final words with our grass-root level workers from blocks and districts of the state before preparing the list. The party’s screening committee is slated to meet them on Thursday.”

    “We are hopeful that the list of the candidates will be out within the next 48 hours,” he added.

    On Wednesday, the Congress screening committee held a meeting here at Khanapara Greenwood Resort.

    Party insiders said that Congress and its allies have also been constantly discussing the seat-sharing equations. However, the final call would be taken by the party’s high command in New Delhi.

    Even the Assam BJP and its allies have already flown to New Delhi on Wednesday morning to settle their seat-sharing resentments in presence of BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence.

    The Election Commission of India on Tuesday issued the notification for the first phase of the Assam Assembly, paving the way for the process of filing nomination papers by candidates.

    The poll panel has fixed the last date for submission of nomination papers on March 9 while scrutiny of the documents will be done on March 10. The contestants can withdraw their candidature by March 12.


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