The ruling Congress in poll-bound Meghalaya is likely to declare its first list of candidates from constituencies of sitting legislators as well as seats where there is no fight for party ticket next week.
Keeping in mind that candidates have only one month to prepare for the Assembly polls, slated for February 27, the first list is likely to be announced by the AICC next week, after the pradesh election committee forwards the list of probable names to the AICC’s screening committee.
The screening committee is headed by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and two leaders from the state – Meghalaya PCC president Celestine Lyngdoh and chief minister Mukul Sangma.
Sources on Sunday said the announcement of candidates for some constituencies would come in the second phase.
Lyngdoh will screen names of ticket aspirants next week before forwarding the same to the AICC screening committee.
He will hold a meeting for the same at the chief minister’s residence here on Tuesday.
In few constituencies where sitting legislators have left and joined other political parties, the ruling party took time to find the “right candidate”.
In constituencies like Mawsynram, Umroi and Nartiang, the Congress has already projected new faces, which include H.M. Shangpliang, George B. Lyngdoh and Jopthiaw Lyngdoh respectively.
The announcement of candidates from constituencies of sitting Independent MLAs might come in the second phase since five Independents are slated to resign and join the Congress next week.