On Friday, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office in New Delhi hosted the Telangana Congress Election Committee meeting. The CEC meeting was presided over by Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge. Leading figures from the party, including Salman Khurshid and Sonia Gandhi, were present at the meeting. Rahul Gandhi did not, however, show up for today’s CEC meeting. The Congress leader has missed meetings for the past two in a row.
The main goal of the meeting is to select the candidates for Telangana’s remaining seats in the state that will soon go to polls. Manikrao Thakare, the Congress’s poll chief, convened a screening committee meeting earlier on Wednesday. After the meeting, he told reporters that the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting of the party on Thursday would be the time for finalizing decisions regarding the remaining seats.
“Today, there was a screening committee meeting in which discussions were held about various matters with regard to the upcoming elections. We will put forth all the suggestions from this meeting at the meeting of the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) tomorrow. At the meeting, we held discussions on all the seats. The list of candidates for the remaining seats would be declared after the CEC meeting.”
“However, all such decisions would be taken by the CEC. Our responsibility is merely to put forth our views and suggestions before the CEC,” he added.