New Delhi :  Keeping suspense over its candidates for the high profile Varanasi, Nanded and Ludhiana seats for yet another day, the Congress on Monday declared 16 more Lok Sabha candidates in eight states.

In Ludhiana, which is represented by Union I & B minister Manish Tiwari, the party has to look for another candidate. Tiwari, who was initially reluctant to contest, is reportedly having a heart ailment. “He is not in the right physical condition to fight an election,” said a party general secretary.

In so far as Varanasi is concerned weeks after the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi announced his candidature, the Congress has been struggling to zero on the formidable candidate’ it has promised.

On his part, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh once against asserted his willingness to join the battle. ‘‘But the party must give me the ticket,” he added.

However, the Congress leadership has ended the suspense over its candidate for Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat and has fielded former MLA Nitin Patil.

There was prolonged speculation that Maharashtra education minister and media baron Rajendra Darda could be drafted for this constituency to challenge the sitting Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire. But largely due to Darda’s reluctance to make a move to national politics, the party has fielded Patil.

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