Decoding Congress Party’s Strategy: Key Moves in Candidate Selection for 2024 Election

Exploring the Intricacies of Candidate Nomination and Strategic Considerations Amid Uncertainty

Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress party’s screening committee has released a list of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) who will likely be contested in the upcoming 2024 general election. The proposed candidates include Rahul Gandhi for Wayanad and K. Sudhakaran for the Kannur constituency. All constituencies except for Alappuzha have finalized their lists.

Uncertainty Looms Over Key Seats

The state leadership has said they will allow sitting MPs to contest again. However, a dilemma confronting Congress regarding Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad against a Left party candidate.

Uncertainty continues to loom over the Wayanad, Kannur, and Alappuzha seats. A final decision has yet to be made on whether Rahul Gandhi will recontest from Wayanad. The party may reconsider the move to avoid him competing directly against the Communist Party of India (CPI), a member of the broader INDIA alliance. Sources within Congress suggest there is merit in Rahul contesting again despite opposition from the Left. The leadership maintains confidence in fielding Rahul from Wayanad.

Speculations and Considerations

There are rumors about whether K. Sudhakaran will contest again from Kannur. The central leadership has recommended his nomination. However, the party may override requests for successor-based inheritance of seats. Alternatives under consideration include KPCC Secretary Advocate K. Jayant and VP Abdul Rasheed. Renomination of sitting MPs is likely across all other constituencies. Congress’s high command will take a final call on K. Sudhakaran’s candidacy.

KC Venugopal is ready to contest again from Alappuzha but has yet to receive approval from the high command. Other names in the mix for Alappuzha include state Youth Congress President Rahul Mankoothil and former District Congress Committee (DCC) President A.A. Shukur.

Provisional List of Probable Candidates

The provisional list of probable candidates is as follows: Thiruvananthapuram – Shashi Tharoor, Attingal – Adoor Prakash, Pathanamthitta – Anto Antony, Mavelikkara – Kodikkunil Suresh, Ernakulam – Heibi Eden, Chalakudy – Benny Bahanan, Idukki – Dean Kuriakos, Thrissur – T.N. Prathapan, Alathur – Ramya Haridas, Palakkad – V.K. Srikanthan, Kozhikode – M.K. Raghavan, Vadakara – K. Muralidharan, Wayanad – Rahul Gandhi, Kannur – K. Sudhakaran, Kasaragod – Rajmohan Unnithan.

Internal Deliberations and Final Decisions

KPCC President K. Sudhakaran informed the AICC screening committee that he would not contest the Kannur Lok Sabha seat, citing health reasons. The Central Election Authority in Delhi will discuss and finalize the committee’s picks. However, the central leadership should decide on his nomination. If suggested by the high command, K. Sudhakaran may revise his decision not to contest. The party feels he should run against CPM’s M. Vijayarajan in Kannur. If Sudhakaran abstains, changes to the current list are likely. KPCC General Secretary K. Jayant may contest from Kannur, but confirmation is still pending.

Harish Chaudhary chairs the screening committee and includes Jignesh Mevani as a member. KPCC President K. Sudhakaran, Leader of Opposition V.D. Satheesan, and AICC General Secretary Deepa Dasmunshi also participated in the meeting. The announcement of candidates is expected in early March.

Rohit Sharma

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