Puducherry, Congo Post. Leaders call for reconsideration of candidates

The resignation of Congress MPs and the eventual collapse of the Puducherry government has sparked a debate among a section of Congress leaders over the process of selecting party candidates.

Puducherry was followed by the Madhya Pradesh (March, 2020) and Karnataka (July, 2019) models, in which elected MPs resigned from the Legislative Assembly to topple the government and later joined the BJP, giving Congress its candidate selection process. May have to be reconsidered. Upcoming assembly elections in states like Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal.

Senior Karnataka leader BK Hariprasad on Tuesday suggested that party workers at the block and district levels should be prepared to contest elections.

He said, ‘Yes, definitely it should be reconsidered to whom we should give party tickets. The money power criteria should be removed and the party cadre should be identified at the block level and district level, “the Congress leader, now a member of the Legislative Council in Karnataka, told Hindu

A former Rajya Sabha member who unsuccessfully contested as Opposition candidate for the post of Deputy Chairman in August 2018, Mr. Hariprasad argued that working only among people with proven track record of social service and ideology of Congress Must be committed to be considered for election.

After the Bihar debacle, the group of 23 dissidents (G-23) not only raised the issue of ticket distribution publicly, during the January 23 meeting of the CWC, senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad demanded that members be elected to the Central Election Committee needed. (CEC), the body that decides to contest elections on a Congress ticket.

Although Mr. Hariprasad, who had previously handled states like Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Bihar as general secretary of the AICC, did not agree with the idea of ​​an elected CEC, he also spoke of empowering the District Congress Committees (DCCs).

“I have spent two decades in the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and I can tell you that for the assembly elections generally, the State Congress Committee (PCC) and the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) have a big say. I think we should give more power to the district leaders in deciding who would be the best person to contest on a Congress ticket.

After the fall of the Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) government in Karnataka in July 2019, there were rumors that many rebels of the Congress were “businessmen” who always wanted to have good relations with the ruling BJP at the Center. .

The issue of ticket allocation resurfaced during the recent Bihar assembly elections when the state leadership was accused of giving tickets to “outsiders” who were denied tickets by their parent parties for “external factors” After joining Congress.

“One reason is that the Congress is seen as a desert, as the choice of opportunists over party loyalists. It is also true that when we form a government in the states, our leaders are cut off from the workers and MLAs alike, ”said Kishore Jha, an AICC member from Bihar.

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