Congress fields Karti from TN, changes Maha candidate
New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday released its ninth list of 10 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, including Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, from Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu.
It also changed a candidate in Maharashtra about whom local workers had reportedly complained to state unit President Ashok Chavan and he had pleaded his helplessness, in a audio clip that went viral on Saturday and sparked of speculation of his quitting the party.
Karti Chidambaram had also fought the 2014 parliamentary polls from Sivaganga, the stronghold of his father, but lost to AIADMK’s P.R. Senthilnathan. P. Chidambaram had represented the constituency in 2004 and 2009.
The list, which was finalised by the Central Election Committee, also has three candidates from Bihar, including former Nationalist Congress Party leader Tariq Anwar and Uday Singh alias Pappu Singh from Katihar and Purnia, respectively.
Senior leader B.K. Hariprasad has been fielded from Bangalore South constituency.
The Congress, which had announced Vinayak Bangade from Maharashtra’s Chandrapur, replaced by with Suresh Dhanorkar, as per the list.
Of the other candidates, there are three more from Maharashtra, one more in Bihar and one from Jammu and Kashmir.