NEW DELHI, Jan 23 � The ruling Congress Party�s Rajya Sabha nominees are likely to be finalised on Saturday, with the AICC calling Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita to Delhi.
According to AICC sources, the Chief Minister and Kalita have been asked to join the meeting on Saturday to finalise its nominees for the February 7 poll. The ruling party, which is closely watching the Opposition�s next move, is expected to field candidates for all the three seats. The three Rajya Sabha MPs who are retiring are Bhubaneswar Kalita, Biren Baishya and Biswajit Daimary.
Meanwhile, the lobbying for party tickets has gained momentum with aspirants doing the rounds of the AICC, meeting senior leaders.
While PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita is looking for a fourth term, others in the fray include Kirip Chaliha, Dwijen Sarma, Bobeeta Sarma, Dr Haren Das, Bolin Kuli and Bishnu Prasad. Interestingly, State Minister Akon Bora�s supporters have also been lobbying for a Rajya Sabha ticket on his behalf.
In an unusual move, at least 40 MLAs have signed a memorandum pleading for renomination of Bhubaneswar Kalita, while Chaliha has already submitted one such petition reportedly endorsed by 54 MLAs. Kalita�s name is also under consideration for the Guwahati Lok Sabha seat.
Meanwhile, Biswajit Daimary told this newspaper that he is filing his nomination on January 27, thereby confirming that the ruling party is fielding candidates for all three Rajya Sabha seats.