Indian National Congress (INC) on Saturday (November 17) released its third list of 13 candidates for the upcoming Telangana Assembly election which are scheduled for 7 December.
Congress had 65 candidates’ names listed in the first list, 10 candidates in the second list and this list comprises of 13 names. This makes it clear that with the issue of third list the party has so far declared candidates for the 88 seats out of 119 constituent seats.
The Congress is heading a four-party alliance in Telangana called the Mahakutami, and has left 24 seats for its three allies — Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and Communist Party of India (CPI).
Under the seat-sharing formula announced by the Congress, the TDP would contest in 14 constituencies, TJS in eight and the CPI in three. The Congress would field nominees in 94 segments.
Sasidhar Reddy, son of former Chief Minister Marri Chenna Reddy, is a key Congress leader in Telangana. He was Vice Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) during UPA regime at the Centre.
Congress has yet not announced the candidates’ names for the remaining six of its seats (out of 94).
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) also announced its fourth list of seven candidates for the Telangana elections. Till now, BJP announced the list for 93 segments out of the 119. The first list consists of 38 candidates and 28 candidates were added to the second list and 20 in third list.
November 19 is the last date for filling the nominations. The state will go to the polls on December 7 and result will be declared on December 11.