New Delhi: Congress leadership will decide on Friday for candidates for upcoming assembly elections in Chhattisgarh. According to sources, the meeting of the Central Election Committee of the Congress (CEC) will be held on Friday evening in the chairmanship of party president Rahul Gandhi in connection with candidates for Chhattisgarh. The first list of candidates is likely to come in late evening on Friday.
Rahul Gandhi has not reconstituted the CEC, although he has appointed new members in the Congress Working Committee (CWC). It is the party's most decisive unit. The CEC includes Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Ashok Gehlot, Jarnadan Dwivedi, Mohsina Kidwai, Oscar Fernandes, Mukul Wasnik, Girija Vyas and Veerappa Moily.
Congress wants to oust Raman Singh government from Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh. Rahul Gandhi has also constituted a Core Committee for the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress, in which party's top leader PL Punia, Bhupesh Baghel, TS Singh Deo, Charan Das Mahant, Arvind Netam, Kamla Manhar and Tamr Dhwaj Sahu have been included.
Chhattisgarh will hold assembly elections in two phases. The first phase will be held on November 12 in which Maoists will get the votes for the 18 seats affected. For the remaining 72 seats, the second phase will be held on November 20. Counting of votes will be done on December 11. In the state BJP has been in power since 2003. In the 2013 assembly elections, it won 49 seats while the Congress won 39 seats. The BSP had won a seat and an Independent candidate on one seat.