Senior leader of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee Omprakash Mishra has written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday urging her to release the list of candidates for the remaining 24 parliamentary constituencies in the State.

Despite the fact that the nomination for the first phase of polls scheduled in the State on April 17 has already begun, the Congress is yet to announce candidates for more than half of the seats in the State.

“Congress workers are getting increasingly restive. The situation is getting alarming as the Opposition parties have geared up their election machinery,” Prof Mishra, in his letter, said.

 The Congress leader who is hopeful of a ticket from Balurghat constituency in Uttar Dinajpur district said the local Congress leadership had started campaign in the district so that the Opposition would not take advantage of the “political vacuum.”

 “We are working in an extremely competitive political environment with lots of imponderables. List of our woes is only getting lengthy without a final announcement of party nominees,” he said.

 A section of Congress leadership feels that the party’s failure to nominate the candidates even 16 days after the elections were announced is demoralising the party’s rank and file.

 In 2009, the Congress contested only 14 of the 42 seats in the State. The remaining went to the Trinamool Congress which was its alliance partner.

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