Odisha LS polls: Cong to announce first phase candidates’ list by Mar 18!

Bhubaneswar: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) will announce the names of candidates for the first phase Lok Sabha elections in Odisha by March 18, said Pradesh Congress Committee’s Working President Chiranjib Biswal today.

“Congress is yet to finalise names of candidates. The list may be released on March 17 or 18,” said Biswal.

A meeting of the AICC’s Screening Committee will be held on March 16, after which an announcement in this regard will be made, said Congress leader Pradeep Majhi.

According to sources, Majhi, former Nabarangpur MP, will contest the polls from the same parliamentary constituency this time, while ex-parliamentarian and senior party leader Bhakta Charan Das will contest the elections from Kalahandi parliamentary constituency.

Similarly, Saptagiri Ulaka will contest the polls from Koraput parliamentary constituency and V Chandrasekhar Naidu from Berhampur constituency, sources added.

Notably, the four constituencies will go to polls on April 11.

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