Congress releases candidate list for Assam polls
New Delhi: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
and Assembly Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai figure in the Congress'
list of 118 candidates for the Assam Assembly elections.
The Congress finalised the names of all 118 candidates
of the 126-member state Assembly at a meeting of party's
election committee chaired by Sonia Gandhi on Saturday.
The party is seeking a third consecutive term in power
in Assam, which will have a two-phased polling with the first
phase covering 62 Assembly seats on April 4 and the remaining
64 seats on April 11. Counting of votes will take place on May
The list includes most of the sitting MLAs including
ministers and former ministers of the state.
A piquant situation has arisen in the state with UPA
ally Trinamool Congress deciding to field candidates in all
seats with a view to expand its base in Northeast, which
could help it in getting national party status.