New Delhi: The preparations for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, which were put on hold because of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s ongoing treatment in the United States, have regained momentum with Rahul Gandhi’s return to India.

The Congress is expected to release the much-awaited list of candidates for the 2012 assembly elections on Tuesday in Delhi.

The party is likely to announce the name of candidates for the constituencies where candidature is not an issue among the local party cadres in the Eastern, Western, Bundelkhand and Central Uttar Pradesh.

However, as the Congress is keen on getting into an alliance with Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), the party is unlikely to announce the name of candidates for constituencies in the stronghold of the Jat leader in Western Uttar Pradesh. Though it’s clear that the Congress would not forfeit the Muzzafarnagar seat, which is a sitting seat of the Congress.

Some of the names which are doing rounds in the party circles that could find a mention in the first list include former MP Surendra Goel from Ghaziabad, former MP Chaudhary Brajendra Singh from Atrauli in Aligarh.

Some of the key constituencies in Eastern Uttar Pradesh which might find mention in the first list include Maharajganj, Shravasti, Allahabad and Ballia. In Bundelkhand region, candidate from Jhansi can also be declared on Tuesday.

Congress sources said candidates for Amethi, Sultanpur and Rai Bareli constituencies have not been decided yet.

(JPN/Bureau)