Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi in Congress’ first list of 194 candidates

Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli) and vice president Rahul Gandhi (Amethi) figure in the first list of party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections released here Saturday.

Apart from the two Gandhis, the list has 192 more names including Unique Identification Authority of India chairman and Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani, who has been fielded from Bangalore South, and cricketer Mohammad Kaif has been fielded from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece Karuna Shukla, who joined the Congress last month, has been fielded from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh.

Among the sitting union ministers fielded Sushil Kumar Shinde will contest from Solapur (Maharashtra), Kamal Nath from his traditional Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh), Mallikarjun Kharge from Gulbarga (Karnataka), Girija Vyas from Chittorgarh, Jyotiraditya Scindia from Gwalior), R.P.N. Singh from Kushi Nagar in Uttar Pradesh and Preneet Kaur from Patiala.

Other prominent names in the list include Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar (Sasaram – Bihar), Naveen Jindal (Kurukshetra), Mukul Wasnik (Ramtek – Maharashtra), Vilas Muttemwar (Nagpur), Meenakshi Natarajan (Mandsour) and Amita Singh (Sultanpur – UP).