The fourth Congress list comprising 50 names has a few surprises with finance minister P Chidambaram opting out of the fray and handing over the baton to his son Karti Chidambaram from Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu. Another Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, known for entering the parliament via Rajya Sabha route for long, will now contest Udhampur-Doda seat form Jammu and Kashmir.
Other surprises are inclusion of Mani Shankar Aiyar, nominated Rajya Sabha member and Laxman Singh, younger brother of Congress general secretary and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh, taking on leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj in Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh. Laxman had earlier defected to BJP and was its MP in Lok Sabha.
Jammu will have sitting Congress MP Madanlal Sharma seeking re-election while Imarti Devi is the candidate from the BJP-held Bhind seat in Madhya Pradesh. Most of the candidates declared in the 4th list are from Tamil Nadu, besides a few from Gujarat, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
The party still maintained suspense on Punjab with fate of information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari still hanging in balance.