The Congress on Thursday announced its fourth list, comprising of 50 candidates, for the Lok Sabha elections. The list includes Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mani Shankar Aiyar, and P.Chidambaram’s son Karthi Chidambaram.
Of the 30 seats from the southern states that were announced, most of the sitting MPs have been repeated. Mohan Kumaramangalam has been fielded from Salem, EVKS Elangovan from Tiruppur. However, some of the key seats such as Kanyakumari and Nagercoil were not announced.
Sources said there were too many contenders for the Kanyakumari seat and hence no decision could be taken.
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s brother Laxman Singh has been fielded from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, where senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj is the sitting BJP MP. “I welcome Shri Laxman Singh as Congress candidate from Vidisha. This election should be a model of dignity and decency of Indian politics,” Swaraj tweeted soon after the list was announced.
The Congress also re-nominated sitting MPs Mahabal Mishra and Ramesh Kumar from West and South Delhi respectively.
The party, however, has still not taken a decision on who would contest from Varanasi, the seat from which BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is contesting.