Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Feb 17:
The combined list of party candidates for the 147 Assembly and 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha will be announced towards February end, said Bhupinder Singh, leader of the opposition in Odisha Assembly and member of the Central Election Committee (CEC) of the Congress here today.
The CEC met at 10, Janpath, the official residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, today. The meeting, chaired by the party president, deliberated on finalizing candidates for the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha.
The screening committee of the party which met at Karnataka Bhawan on Sunday evening is learnt to have zeroed in on candidates for some of the seats, while recommending multiple candidates for other seats. The committee has left the final decision on the CEC.
The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Jayadev Jena and leader of the opposition in Odisha Assembly Bhupinder Singh, Odisha in-charge of the Congress B K Hariprasad party’s screening committee chairman Oscar Fernandes were present at the meeting.