The Congress has decided to field Manish Tewari from Anandpur Sahib, Punjab and Jyotiraditya Scindia from Guna in Madhya Pradesh.
The announcement comes a day after the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections was held.
Below is the Congress Central Election Committee's candidate lost for the Lok Sabha polls:
Republic TV had earlier reported that Tewari was vying to contest from Chandigarh seat but it was given to Pawan Kumar Bansal. Tewari had been given a ticket from Ludhiana in 2014 but did not contest because of health issues.
Jyotiraditya Scindia who is the Congress general secretary (West) will be fielded from Guna, Madhya Pradesh from where he is the sitting MP.
Scindia who was the Minister of State for Power in November 2012 following a reshuffling of the cabinet during the UPA rule, was earlier believed to be in a power tussle between Kamal Nath for the post of Madhya Pradesh CM and was also believed to share the post with him. However, the post went to Kamal Nath.
The state of Punjab presents an interesting scenario. The Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government is in power in the state having dislodged the BJP-Akali Dal alliance in the 2017 assembly elections. The Aam Aadmi Party is also looking at Punjab to make an expansion. With 13 seats up for grabs, here is the projection for the state of Punjab:
UPA: 12 seats
NDA: 1 seat
AAP: 0 seats
Sending 29 seats to the Lok Sabha, Madhya Pradesh is a state coveted state by both Congress and BJP. The battle is likely to get highly interesting on account of the recent assembly election results, when the Congress overturned years of BJP rule to form a government in the state.
Here's the projection for the state of Madhya Pradesh:
UPA: 6 seats
NDA: 23 seats
Total: 29 seats