Congress to finalise candidates for 2012 UP elections one year before polls

In an attempt to seize the political initiative ahead of the 2012 UP elections, Congress has decided to announce its candidates about a year in advance.

“For the first time in history, Congress will come out with its candidate list much ahead of the elections,” party general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters on Wednesday.

The polls are  considered crucial for the Congress to re-emerge as the single dominant force at the Center.

Congress managers believe that there is a strong existence of a Congress undercurrent in several parts of Uttar Pradesh where the party held sway for the first four decades after independence and was voted out of power in 1989. At present,the party has 22 legislators in the 403-member state assembly.

Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh said the poll preparations have already begun with the party appointing 10 observers who would be given charge of at least 40 assembly constituencies.

‘We will contest all the assembly seats in the state. The bulk of the candidates will be announced a year in advance,’  Digvijay Singh said.

Singh, who is the party’s in charge of Uttar Pradesh, said that process of selecting candidates has already begun and observers will submit their reports for each of the 403 assembly seats.

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