Congress released its final list of candidates for the poll bound Chhattisgarh.
With the list taking so long to be released, speculations were that senior leaders are not arriving at consensus on who to field in the eighteen seats for which announcement had to be made.
There were even reports that state Congress President Bhupesh Baghel had offered to resign due to differences not being mended on names to be finalized.
However, the list was finally issued.
Proving the speculations right, Congress had not approved of Dr Renu Jogi as its candidate.
It need be mentioned that Renu Jogi had prior to list release, announced joining in husband’s party and
contesting from Kota seat, which she holds for now as well.
The other major surprise was that parliamentarian Tamradhwaj Sahu was fielded from Durg Rural.
The party had earlier announced Pratima Chandrakar from this seat but she was replaced in the latest seat.
Again, the supporters of Badruddin Qureshi were agitating on apprehension that he may not find a place in the final list but eventually he will not get to contest from Vaishali Nagar seat on party ticket.
The other major seats that were focus of speculations included Raipur South and Raipur North seats.
While Raipur South has been held by Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, BJP decided to field incumbent MLA Shrichand
Sundarani from latter seat.
To this, Congress has fielded Kanhaiya Agrawal against Brijmohan Agrawal and Kuldip Juneja from Raipur North assembly segment.>