Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

DPCC has also appointed observers for short-listing candidates

Each parliamentary constituency has 10 Assembly seats this time

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee also to submit its list to the Screening panel

NEW DELHI: The All-India Congress Committee observers for the Delhi Assembly elections began the process of consulting various ticket aspirants at the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters here on Wednesday.

The four-member committee, comprising Ram Prakash, Chandresh Kumari and Harish Rawat (all Rajya Sabha members) and Harikesh Bahadur would discuss with various party workers and leaders till August 19 and thereafter submit a list of three candidates for each of the 70 Assembly segments to the Screening Committee.

While this committee has still not been formally constituted, the names of AICC general secretaries Mohsina Kidwai and B.K. Hari Prasad, and special invitee to Congress Working Committee Jagmeet Brar are doing the rounds in party circles for this panel for Delhi Assembly elections.

Each parliamentary constituency has 10 Assembly seats this time. Dr. Prakash would look after the 20 Assembly seats falling in Chandni Chowk and North-West Delhi parliamentary constituencies, Mr. Bahadur would be in-charge of the East Delhi and North-East Delhi constituencies, Mr. Rawat would look after West Delhi and South Delhi, while Ms. Kumari would look after New Delhi.

On Wednesday, Dr. Prakash began with five Assembly segments of Chandni Chowk while Mr. Bahadur started off with five of North-East Delhi. Talking to The Hindu, they said they would give “at least three names” from every Assembly segment to the Screening Committee.

“We would talk to all the block level, district level and State level office-bearers of the party from the constituencies. We would also talk to the candidates who had won or lost the Municipal Corporation, Assembly or Lok Sabha seats from the area. Then, we would also taking the views of the Chief Minister, the Delhi Pradesh president and important AICC functionaries on the various candidates,” said Dr. Prakash.

Mr. Bahadur added that the AICC observers were patiently hearing all ticket aspirants and were also listening to their grievances against various party leaders or others who are aspiring for a ticket. He said the observers would try to submit their report in about 10 days.

For his part, Mr. Agarwal said the DPCC, which had appointed its own district observers for short-listing candidates, would also submit its list to the Screening Committee.

He said the 12 observers and the district presidents had submitted their lists to him on August 7 and these sealed envelopes would be opened before the screening panel. Mr. Agarwal said ticket aspirants were not able to express their views openly in certain places where MPs were present during the shortlisting process. “But everyone is free to speak before the AICC observers as these meetings are not being attended by any elected representatives or party office-bearers.”