Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Mar 17:
With political parties yet to announce their candidates for most of the Assembly constituencies even as the nomination process has started, ticket aspirants are losing patience over the delay and spending each moment in anxiety.
“My name has been recommended to the screening committee along with two other names. But, I don’t know what is preventing them to zero in on a particular candidate. Since the leadership is sitting over the list, we are living in anxiety. Besides, we are unable to go for campaign to canvass votes for us,” said a miffed Congress leader, who is an aspirant for a party ticket from Kamakshya Nagar assembly constituency.
While hectic lobby is still continuing in the three major political parties and the poll managers of the parties are deliberating on their fate, some senior leaders have started mocking the party leadership for not coming out with the candidates list in time.
“The screening committee of AICC is examining the candidates’ list in New Delhi. I think the declaration will surely come out before the last date of filing nomination,” said senior Congress leader and former PCC president Niranjan Patnaik.
Even though Congress had claimed that it will announce its candidates’ list a full six month before the elections, it is yet to declare the names. It is way behind the other two parties BJP and BJD in finalising its candidates having failed to announce the name of its candidate even in one of the 147 Assembly seats.
BJP general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan said the party will declare the candidates in the remaining seats by March 19. The party has already named its candidates in 15 Lok Sabha and 90 Assembly seats.
However, the ruling BJD said it will take some time to declare all the candidates since there are many aspirants from each constituency.
“We will have to keep the flock together before deciding on candidates. There are many aspirants and they have to be taken into consideration, which is delaying the process,” said BJD vice-president Kalpataru Das.
The party is likely to announce the remaining names for the first phase tomorrow. It has so far declared eight Lok Sabha and 48 Assembly seats while the fast changing equations in Koraput and Kandhamal Lok Sabha seats have prevented the party from announcing the remaining candidates.