Congress finalising candidates’ list

By Author  |  Published: 10th Oct 2018  7:33 pm

Hyderabad: The Congress party on Wednesday got down to finalising its candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls with a three-member AICC committee headed by senior party leader Bhakta Charan Das, going through a list of probable candidates.

It is learnt that of the 100-odd seats the Congress wants to contest from the 119 in the Assembly, it has made up its mind on around 50 constituencies. The rest have names of two or three probables from which the All India Congress Committee in New Delhi is expected to make the final picks. The party list is expected to be announced in the next fortnight.

Das, along with fellow committee members Sharmishtha Mukherjee and Jothimani Sennimalai, met Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and other State leaders in the afternoon to discuss probable candidates.

Meanwhile, according to the party’s national manifesto committee member and Punjab Finance Minister Manupreet Singh Badal, the Congress manifesto will be farmer centric and will reflect the needs of farmers of the country.

He told reporters here that debt waiver for farmers is an important aspect and one of the most persistent request from farmers across the country. It may be recalled that Telangana Congress had already said it will write off farm loans of up to Rs 2 lakh per farmer in the State if it comes to power.

“The most common employment creation opportunities are being touted as IT and related fields such as artificial intelligence. We believe that it is agriculture that has the most employment generation potential,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Telangana Congress manifesto committee met with representatives of farmer welfare organisations and sought their views on agriculture-related issues that can be included in its manifesto. Manupreet Singh was in the city as part of these consultations.