New Delhi: Union Minister Salman Khurshid`s
wife Louis Khurshid, PCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi and CLP leader Pramod Tiwari figure in first list of 73 candidates announced by Congress for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Louis has been fielded from Farrukhabad Assembly seat,
which is a segment of the Lok Sabha constituency represented
by her husband.
Joshi, who had lost the Lok Sabha election from Lucknow to
BJP`s Kalraj Mishra, has been fielded from Lucknow Cantt
Assembly seat, while CLP leader Pramod Tiwari will contest
again from his Rampur Khas Assembly constituency.
Congress MP Sanjya Singh`s wife Amita and another party MP
Praveen Singh Aron`s wife Supriya, a journalist-turned
politician, will contest from Amethi and Bareilly Cantt seats
The list of candidates were finalised by the Congress
Election Committee here last Tuesday. The meeting was attended
by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC General Secretaries
Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh, besides the PCC chief and the
CLP leader of the state.
It is for the first time that the party has come out with
names of candidates for any state election so early. Elections
for 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh have to be concluded by May
This is apparently to give candidates more time to prepare
and also check any rebellion well in time, party sources said.
Congress led by Rahul Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh is working
hard for revival of the party`s fortunes in the state where it
has been out of power for more than two decades.