After much delay, state unit of Congress party is expected to announce its first list of Assembly candidates on November 1 after the meeting of Central Election Committee (CEC), while the BJP may declare its first list after Diwali on November 4, sources in both parties said.
According to senior leaders, the Congress screening committee will complete its work on finalisation of candidates by Thursday and will submit the names on all 200 Assembly seats to the CEC, which will meet on November 1, today.
Earlier on Thursday, Congress leader CP Joshi joined the screening committee meeting as a special invitee. Joshi was called to attend the meeting after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asked the members of screening committee to seek his advice in the distribution of tickets. The CEC had raised objection in its last meeting on the names of some aspirants following which members of the screening committee met again to discuss the names of candidates afresh.
Meanwhile, BJP leaders are of the strong opinion that the party will declare its first list of candidates a day after Diwali, on November 4. State BJP chief Vasundhara Raje is camping in New Delhi and meeting senior leaders of the party to give final touches to its list of 200 candidates. Sources informed that the final list prepared by Vasundhara Raje will not be altered much by the top leadership in New Delhi, either.
Sources informed that Raje has also held the meeting with top RSS leaders in New Delhi, which is seen as an attempt to break the deadlock between RSS and BJP in Rajasthan.
“The feedback of candidates has been taken by state chief Vasundhara Raje at various levels.
The process had started before Suraaj Sankalp Yatra and now everything is in place. Party is clear about its strategy on all seats,” a senior BJP leader said, adding, “We are not like the Congress who promised to announce the tickets by end of July, but are still struggling to identify the candidates.”