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AICC rejects Assam poll list

Sivasagar, Jan. 31: Congress ticket aspirants in Assam, whose names were included in the list prepared by the state poll committee, including veteran Congress leader and Jorhat MP Bijoy Krishna Handique, received a major setback in their quest for the party tickets following the AICC screening committee’s instruction to the Assam Congress poll committee to review the list prepared for the ensuing parliamentary elections.

A top Congress source said the central screening committee of the AICC, in its meeting with the state committee on Wednesday at New Delhi, had asked the latter to review the list following complaints by party ticket-seekers, whose names were not included in the list.

The state committee had prepared one-member panels for six Lok Sabha seats in the state. The panel included Paban Singh Ghatowar in Dibrugarh, Gaurav Gogoi in Kaliabor, Ranee Narah in Lakhimpur, Bijoy Krishna Handique in Jorhat, Biren Singh Ingti in Diphu and Parimal Sukhlavaidya for Karimganj.

“The names of most of the aspiring candidates, proposed by the district Congress committees, were deleted from the list prepared by the state committee. A number of them rushed to New Delhi after preparation of the list and met the AICC screening committee complaining about biases ,” an AICC member from the state said.

The source added that the AICC screening committee has asked the state poll committee to review the list and prepare a fresh one without resorting to any prejudice.

“In most cases, the state poll committee had resorted to biases by not including the names of aspiring candidates in the lists prepared by the district committees.

“In Jorhat parliamentary constituency, which comprises two district committees of Jorhat and Sivasagar, the names of Handique, Sameer Gogoi and Tulsi Gogoi were sent by the Sivasagar district committee.

The Jorhat district committee had sent the names of Handique, Sameer Gogoi and Krishna Gogoi,” the source said

“Considering that the names of Handique and Sameer Gogoi were sent by both the district committees, it was the obligation of the state poll committee to include them in the state list, which was not adhered to,” the source added.

The AICC screening committee will hold another meeting on February 10 with the state poll committee to finalise candidates for the parliamentary elections.