The Congress on Sunday released its ninth list of 10 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, fielding the former Finance Minister, Mr. P Chidambaram’s son Mr. Karti Chidambaram, from Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu. Karti is facing trial in corruption cases, including the INX media money laundering case.
The Congress list contains four candidates from Maharashtra, three from Bihar and one each in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir.
The former NCP leader, Mr. Tariq Anwar, was nominated for the Katihar seat in Bihar, which he now represents.
The party also fielded its former general secretary, Mr. B K Hariprasad from the Bangalore South constituency.
The other names cleared by the party’s central election committee include Mr. Mohammed Javed from Kishanganj and Mr. Uday Singh alias Pappu Singh from Purnia, Bihar, and Haji Farooq Mir from Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir.
Besides, the party has fielded Mr. Hidayat Patel from Akola, Mr. Kishor Uttamrao Gajbhiye from Ramtek-SC and Mr. Subhash Wankhede from Hingoli in Maharashtra.
The Congress replaced its candidate from Chandrapur in Maharashtra and fielded Mr. Suresh Dhanorkar, in place of M. Vinayak Bangade.
A Delhi court has extended till March 25 the interim protection to Karti from arrest as well as that of Mr. P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis scam cases filed by the CBI and the ED.