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Congress gets ready for polls

Ranchi, Aug. 23: Senior Congress leaders held a meeting in Ranchi to kick-start the process of choosing candidates for the forthcoming Assembly elections, dates for which are yet to be announced.

State party president Sukhdeo Bhagat chaired the discussions held in the presence of party general secretary in charge of Jharkhand B.K. Hariprasad and AICC secretary Suraj Hegde.

Talks were held on probable candidates for all 81 Assembly constituencies. Instructions were issued to all 24 district party presidents to prepare a list of prospective candidates, said party spokesman Lal Kishorenath Shahdeo.

He, however, did not disclose any names, but said that a list of probable candidates would be presented before a screening committee appointed by All India Congress Committee (AICC) by Bhagat and legislator party leader Rajendra Prasad Singh.

Shahdeo said that after the screening committee’s decision, the list would be presented before an AICC election committee for a final shortlist.

Among the others who were present at today’s meeting were senior leaders Sarfaraz Ahmed, Furqan Ansari, Subodh Kant Sahay, Geetashree Oroan, Tilakdhari Prasad Singh, Alamgir Alam, Manoj Kumar Yadav, D.N.Champia, Krishnand Jha, Raj Rejendra Pratap Deo, Hari Narayan Prasad, Alok Kumar Dubey, Manju Hembrome, Neeranjan Paswan, Kumar Jaimangal Singh, Abha Sinha, Shahbaz Ahmed, Durga Devi and CLP leader Singh.

In Jamshedpur, Congress MLA Banna Gupta has convened a party workers’ meeting of his constituency tomorrow to discuss poll preparedness.

“The Assembly elections are not far away and I have to start preparations in right earnest. Our party workers are united and will leave no stone unturned to retain the Jamshedpur West seat,” he said about his constituency.

Gupta, who defeated the BJP’s Sarayu Roy in the 2009 polls, said the meeting would be held at the picnic spot of Jubilee Park from 10 am to 3 pm.

This would be followed by a booth management meeting on August 27.

The party will also hold a workers’ meeting of all the six Assembly constituencies of East Singhbhum in the first week of September. Senior party leaders, including K. N. Tripathy, Hari Prasad, and Singh were expected to attend.