Congress finalises names of 44 candidates for Odisha polls

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Bhubaneswar: Taking the preparation for the Assembly elections to one step forward, the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee on Monday finalised the names of its 44 candidates for the ensuing polls slated for next year.

“The Odisha Pradesh Election Committee finalised the names of 44 candidates in the¬†first phase. The candidates have been selected on basis of winnability,” OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik said.

The names of the candidates were finalised in a meeting of the PEC today. The list of selected candidates will be scrutinised by the screening committee of the All India Congress Committee (AICC).

While the party has not divulged the names of the candidates and from which constituencies they would contest, the OPCC chief said the formal announcement would be made after the approval of the party high command Rahul Gandhi.

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