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Congress clears 190 candidates for MP polls

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI OCT. 29. After prolonged deliberations, the Congress tonight cleared candidates for 190 of the 230 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, and decided to clear the rest after further discussions. The polling in the State is scheduled for December 1.

After eight hours of discussion by the central election committee, the AICC general secretary, Ambika Soni, told correspondents that the names of candidates for the 40 Assembly seats would be finalised after the screening committee took another look. The AICC, she said, would release the list of candidates whose names were cleared by tomorrow.

Ms. Soni, who is in charge of the party affairs in the State, denied that "serious differences" had led to the committee referring the names of aspirants for the 40 seats back to the screening committee.

"There is no dispute. The committee members had their views and having cleared 190, they decided to send the rest to the screening committee'', she said. To a question on possible understanding with the Bahujan Samaj Party in the State, Ms. Soni said the fact that the committee had discussed all the 230 seats meant that the party was contesting all of them.

The committee also took up for discussion the list of names for the election to the 40-member Mizoram Assembly and gave its nod for a majority of them, it was announced.

Meanwhile, the screening committee for the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly headed by the CWC member, Pranab Mukherjee, completed its task. It is understood that the committee has prepared a single-candidate panel for some 40 constituencies and multiple-names for the rest. The committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss the candidates for Chhattisgarh.

The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Ajit Jogi, who has been camping in the Capital, today met a large number of aspirants and their supporters.

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