AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday indicated that the Congress party would finalise the candidates for ensuing Assembly and Lok Sabha elections by the end of this month.
Speaking to media persons after his arrival from New Delhi on a three-day visit, Digvijay Singh said that the process of shortlisting candidates was on and the AICC's Steering Committee would meet from March 22 to 28th in the national capital to finalise the same.
Later, Digvijay Singh held meetings with the newly appointed PCC presidents Ponnala Lakshmaiah (Telangana) and N Raghuveera Reddy (AP). He reportedly briefed Ponnala and Raghuveera about the reviews and deliberations he would be holding over the next three days. Sources say that Digvijay Singh would be holding separate meetings with some leaders who expressed unhappiness over the new appointments made to the PCCs of Telangana and Seemandhra. It may be mentioned that former minister K Jana Reddy went to Delhi on Thursday to express his displeasure for denial of PCC chief's post.
Digvijay Singh reportedly made it clear that the Congress party would expect more seats from Telangana in view of granting of statehood to the region.
Meanwhile, Digvijay Singh has directed the PCC chiefs to adopt a transparent policy to select candidates for the next elections. The PCCs have been asked to short list names of three candidates from each constituency in both the regions. The final candidature would be decided by the Central Election Committee of Congress party.
Digvijay Singh is also expected the issue of having an alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in the ensuing elections.