Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Tuesday announced its seventh list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls with Ashov Chavan, Madhusudan Mistry and Ravneet Singh Bittu among the prominent names.
In a crucial decision, the grand old party has fielded former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, accused in Adarsh scam, from Nanded Lok Sabha seat while Congress general secretary Madhusudan Mistry will now take on BJP`s PM candidate Narendra Modi from Vadodara after Narendra Rawat withdrew his candidature.
Congress sources said that Rawat was a lightweight compared to Modi and the party wanted to give a tough fight to the Gujarat chief minister.
The party has fielded Anandpur Sahib MP Ravneet Singh Bittu from Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat currently held by Union Minister Manish Tewari.
Himmat Singh Patel has been given ticket from Ahmedabad East, from Jalhandar Santok Singh Chaudhury and Mohinder Singh KP bagged party ticket from Hoshiarpur seat.
The announcement was made by party general secretary Ajay Maken in the national capital today.
While replying to a quarry by on of the reporters on giving ticket to Ashok Chavan, Maken said, “There is no law or any directive by either SC or EC that stops Ashok Chavan from fighting elections.”
Meanwhile reacting on Congress` decision of pitting him against BJP`s PM candidate Narendra Modi in Vadodra, Mistry said, “This is the moment I was waiting for years. I am very confident, I will take on him (Modi).”
The party has however continued the suspense over its candidate in Varanasi from where BJP has nominated Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has declared that he himself will contest from here, after wining a referendum during a public rally today.