Bhubaneswar, Feb 13 (PTI) Congress Wednesday began the exercise for selection of candidates for the coming simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Odisha, party sources said. Also Read - Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona, El Classico, LaLiga 2021: Karim Benzema, Tony Kroos Score as Los Blancos Edge Atletico Madrid to go Top of The Table

The party has decided to release its list of probable candidates for the state by the end of this month, much before the rival parties, they said. Also Read - Real Madrid vs Barcelona Live Streaming LaLiga in India: El Classico Preview, Squads, Prediction - Where to Watch RM vs BAR Live Stream Football Match Online on LaLiga Facebook App

AICC screening committee chairman V D Satishan and member Naushad Solanki, who are in the state, have started meeting the aspiring candidates for both the elections, they said. Also Read - Pune Cab Driver 'Gave Sedatives And Raped' Woman on Her Way Home; Booked

The committee will be in Odisha for three days and have discussions with Congress members of all levels, the sources said adding the aspiring candidates can directly submit their documents with the committee.

“The candidates will be selected on the basis of their possibilities to winning the polls. However, youths and women will get priority,” OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik said.

He said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi is slated to visit the state in the last week of February and attend a public rally at Bargarh in western Odisha.

It will be Gandhis second visit to the state in February. He had addressed two public meetings at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district and Rourkela in Sundergarh district on February 6.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.