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From Our Correspondent

 AGARTALA: The much awaited meeting of the poll scrutiny committee of the Congress headed by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will be held in Guwahati on December 18 next, sources confirmed here on Thursday.

The six-member panel would discuss on the list prepared by PCC election committee and submit ‘modified’ list to the Central Election Committee (CEC), AICC for taking necessary steps.

Sources claimed, there has been persistent demand to declare the party’s candidates’ list for the 2013 election by December itself so that they could get enough time for campaign.

The scrutiny committee includes AICC general secretary Luizinho Faleiro, AICC secretary Jitin Prasad, TPCC president Sudip Roy Barman, CLP leader Ratan Lal Nath and former PCC president Birajit Sinha.

The PCC election committee has already short listed 209 potential candidates for the 60 Assembly constituencies. Lists have already been sent to AICC as well as chairman of the scrutiny committee.

Meanwhile, the seat sharing deal between Congress and INPT, after hectic lobbying, is getting final shape though formal announcement is yet to be made.

Sources said, the PCC leadership has agreed to provide nine Assembly seats (ST reserved) to its long-time ally-INPT.

Though there has been resentment among INPT leadership over the share of seats, it has responded ‘positively’.

However, tug of war between Congress and INPT over Charilam Assembly constituency continues.

Congress may ‘sacrifice’ Charilam Assembly constituency in exchange of Ampinagar Assembly seat in which former MLA Debabrata Koloi (Congress) is the front runner.

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