Congress releases first list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections

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49New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi, IT expert Nandan Nilekani and cricketer Mohd Kaif are among 194 candidates in the party’s first list of nominees for Lok Sabha polls.

The list contains several new and young faces. Party sources said 35 per cent of the candidates are under the age of 50. (See the full list here)

Mrs Gandhi and her son Rahul are candidates from the pocket boroughs of Rae Bareli and Amethi.

Bhojpuri films star Ravi Kishen, Odiya actors Aparajita Mohanty and Bijay Mohanty are being fielded by Congress in the Lok Sabha polls.

The nominees also include cricketer Mohammed Kaif, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece Karuna Shukla and Justice Hanumanthappa.

While Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) chief Nandan Nilekani is being fielded from Bangalore South, actor Ravi Kishen is the nominee from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Aparajita Mohanty is the candidate from Cuttack while Bijay from Bhubaneswar.

Mr Kaif is the candidate from Phulpur, a constituency in Uttar Pradesh once represented by Jawaharlal Nehru, Karuna Shukla is the nominee from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh while justice Hanumanthappa from Bellary in Karnataka.

The Central Election Committee of the party, headed by Mrs Gandhi, has finalised the list which included several sitting members including union ministers.

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