NEW DELHI, Jan 4 � The ruling Congress today started the election process today by appointing four poll observers and by forming a tentative party poll schedule.
The appointments were announced after a marathon 2-hour-long meeting held at the office of the Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh at the AICC headquarters. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, State PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita, Mabel Rebello, among others. The Chief Minister later told newspapers that the four observers appointed today were Chandan Bakshi, Arunachal PCC president Nabam Juki, Charan Das Mahant and Iqbal Farooqui.
He also informed that the party today formed a tentative poll schedule which include the process of selection of party candidates for the ensuing State Assembly election. The process should be completed by February 15 next and a comprehensive list of party candidates should by ready by first week of March.
Ahead of the selection process, he said, the four observers appointed today would tour the 126 Assembly constituencies, before filing a report by first week of February.
When asked whether the office-bearers of the state PCC are likely to be appointed, Gogoi downplayed the issue saying that as the poll process is about to be under way, the appointments of PCC officials can wait till the election is over.
Today�s meeting also discussed the possible alliance with BPF and AUDF.
When contacted, State PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita, on the other hand, said that a state election committee and a 30-member PCC executive committee would be constituted soon.