LS polls: Congress fields CP Joshi from Bhilwara

Congress on Friday fielded veteran party leader CP Joshi from Rajasthan‘s Bhilwara as it released its ninth list of three candidates and two replacements for the Lok Sabha polls.

In Karnataka‘s Chikkaballapur constituency, the party chose to nominate Raksha Ramaiah instead of former Union minister M Veerappa Moily, prioritizing youth over experience.

The 84-year-old Moily was elected from the Chikballapur constituency twice in 2009 and 2014 but lost in 2019.

Moily had been actively campaigning for the ticket this time, but the party chose to prioritize youth by selecting Ramaiah, who is the son of senior Congress leader and former minister M R Seetharam.

In Bhilwara, Joshi took the place of Damodar Gurjar, while Gurjar was selected as the candidate instead of Sudarshan Rawat in Rajsamand.

E Thukaram was nominated by the party for Bellary (ST) constituency, and Sunil Bose was chosen for Chamarajanagar (SC).

With this, the total number of candidates declared by the grand old party so far has reached 211.

However, the suspense over the high-profile seats of Amethi and Raebareli continues.

Asked about these two seats of Uttar Pradesh, state Congress chief Ajai Rai had said earlier this week that there was no discussion on these parliamentary constituencies.

“We had conveyed our views on these seats (Amethi and Raebareli) the last time. It is up to the leadership now to take a decision,” he had said.

The Lok Sabha polls are scheduled to be held in seven phases starting April 19. Wednesday was the last day for filing nominations for the first phase of the elections. The counting of votes will be taken up on June 4.

(With agency inputs)

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