Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The third list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls of Congress party has been postponed which is now likely to be declared on March 18, reports said on Sunday.
With many senior leaders of the grand old party reluctant to contest the polls, Union Minister Manish Tewari also joined the list today citing ill health behind this decision, official sources said.
The I&B Minister Manish Tewari was on Sunday admitted to a south Delhi hospital for treatment of a hear ailment.
In its third list, Congress is likely to take some important decision on crucial seats of – Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi.
Decision will also be taken on whether to field CWG scam accused Suresh Kalmadi and Ashok Chavan in the polls or not. Meanwhile, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram may also opt out as recently he said that its time that the younger generation should be given a chance.
The third list will also disclose the candidature of some other senior party members like Sachin Pilot and former cricketer-turned-politician Azharuddin. Reports said that Pilot is also reluctant of fighting the elections.
On Thursday, Congress had declared its second list of candidates which includes Rita Bahuguna Joshi, filmstars-turned-politicians Raj Babbar and Nagma. Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was re-nominated from Chandigarh.
With the second list, Congress has so far declared candidates for 261 seats and four of the 194 candidates declared in the first list have been changed.
Meanwhile Congress today came out with a list of candidates for all 32 seats for the Sikkim Assembly elections to be held on April 12 during the Lok Sabha polls.
The elections in the hill state will be held along with Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh.
Following is the list of candidates:
No Constituency Candidates 1 Yoksam- Tashiding (BL) Pema Rinzing Bhutia 2 Yangthang Lal Man Subba 3 Maneybung-Dentam Manmaya Subba 4 Gyalshing-Barnyak D B Karki 5 Rinchenpong (BL) Karsang Sherpa 6 Daramdin (BL) Laden Lepcha 7 Soreong-Chakung Pushkar Limbu 8 Salghari-Zoom - SC K.B. Thatal 9 Barfung (BL) Dadul Lepcha 10 Poklok-Kamrang Ishwar Prasad Rai 11 Namchi-Singhithang Kush Bahadur Rai 12 Melli Man Bahadur Rai 13 Namthang-Rateypani Dikmaya Chettri 14 Temi-Namphing Deepak Kumar Bhandari 15 Rangang-Yangang Om Prakash Bishta 16 Tumen-Lingi (BL) Pandup Lepcha 17 Khamdong-Singtam Punya Prasad Koirala 18 West Pendam - SC Ranjeet Gajmer 19 Rhenock Gyalpo Tamang 20 Chujachen Rudra Narsingh Sakya 21 Gnathang-Machong (BL) Dorjee Wangdi Bhutia 22 Namcheybung Manoj Rai 23 Shyari (BL) Samdup Bhutia 24 Martam-Rumtek (BL) Sonam Tshering Bhutia 25 Upper Tadong Tara Srestha 26 Arithang Padam Bahadur Chhetri 27 Gangtok (BL) Maj. Tshering Gyatso Kaleon 28 Upper Burtuk Santabir Gurung 29 Kabi Lungchuk (BL) Karma Tashi Bhutia 30 Djongu (BL) Penzong Lepcha 31 Lachen Mangan (BL) Topden Lepcha 32 Sanghas Acharya Tshering Lama.