The 49 constituencies, out of region’s 62 seats, come under Congress quota.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), in view of upcoming Assembly elections, on Sunday (August 17) started holding interviews of aspiring candidates. On the first day, interviews of aspiring candidates from 49 constituencies out of Vidarbha’s 62 constituencies were held. These 49 constituencies belong to Congress quota.
MPCC had invited applications in prescribed forms from aspiring candidates in all 288 constituencies till August 11. Subsequently, a meeting of State Selection Committee was convened at MPCC’s Dadar-based office in Tilak Bhavan to consider the applications and hold direct interviews with the aspiring candidates. The meeting was presided over by President of Committee and MPCC Manikrao Thakre. The members of the Committee who attended the meeting include Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, former Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, former Chief Minister Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil, Ashok Chavan, MP, Congress Working Committee Members Shivajirao Deshmukh, Vilas Muttemwar, Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) President Janardan Chandurkar, EGS Minister Nitin Raut, Textile Industry Minister Nasim Khan, Youth Congress National President Rajiv Satav, former MRCC President Kripashankar Singh, Women’s Congress President Kamalatai Vyavhare, Youth Congress Regional President Vishwajit Kadam, Seva Dal Regional President Chandrakant Dayma, NSUI President Shivraj More, INTUC’s Regional President Jaiprakash Chhajed, MPCC Minority Cell President M M Sheikh, AICC Secretary and Maharashtra In Charge Balaram Bachchan and Sheoraj Jivan Walmiki.
In the first stage, the State Selection Committee has decided to hold interviews of aspiring candidates from 174 constituencies of Congress quota (according to last election) on August 17, 19 and 20. After completion of discussions on distribution of tickets, a strategy will be drawn on the next meeting of the Committee. On the first day of meeting, interviews of aspiring candidates from 49 constituencies of Vidarbha’s 11 districts were held. The interviews were conducted district-wise.
Similarly, on Tuesday (August 19), interviews of aspiring candidates from Marathwada’s 8 districts will be held from 11 am onwards. The districts include Aurangabad, Nanded, Latur, Jalna, Parbhani, Bid, Osmanabad, and Hingoli. On the same day, interviews of aspiring candidates from Western Maharashtra’s five districts – Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Solapur – will be held from 2.30 pmonwards.
On Wednesday (August 20), interviews of aspiring candidates from North Maharashtra’s five districts – Nashik, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Dhule and Nandurbar – will be conducted from 11 am onwards. Similarly, on the same day, interviews of aspiring candidates from Konkan’s four districts – Thane, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg – will be held from 1 pm onwards. After the Konkan meeting is over, interviews of aspiring candidates from Mumbai’s 36 constituencies will be conducted.
Manifesto Committee’s meeting on Monday:
Meanwhile, working of various committees appointed by All India Congress Committee has started in view of forthcoming Assembly elections. A meeting of Manifesto Committee has been scheduled to be held on Monday (August 18) at 5.30 pm at Tilak Bhavan in Dadar. President of this Committee is former Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
Poll strategy in Coordination Committee meeting:
A meeting of MPCC’s Coordination Committee was held on August 16 at 7.30 pm in Tilak Bhavan, Dadar. The Committee is headed by former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, now an MP. The meeting was attended by MPCC President Manikrao Thakre, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, former Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, and other members of the Committee. The meeting discussed the strategy for Assembly elections, said a press release issued by Sachin Sawant, spokesman of the party and In Charge, Communications Department.