Jammu: Veteran parliamentarian Ghulam Nabi Azad is not in the race as the Congress party released first list of 10 candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections.
None of the G-23 leaders leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma could get tickets from seven states where Congress could win ten Rajya Sabha seats as the leadership on Sunday night announced a list of candidates that is packed with Gandhi loyalists.
This list is likely to create more troubles in the party, especially due to the exclusion of the G-23 leaders, and except for two candidates, none of the candidates hail from the state where they are fighting Rajya Sabha elections on June 10. Not a single candidate chosen from Rajasthan, which will go to polls next year, is a native.
Estranged for over a year, Ghulam Nabi Azad had recently appeared to have patched up with the party leadership.