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UP polls: Congress asks ticket candidates to deposit Rs 11,000

By PTI

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Congress has asked those seeking tickets for next year’s assembly elections to deposit Rs 11,000 along with their application.

An order issued by the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) on Tuesday said, “All applicants should submit their application to the authorized persons at the district/state level along with the contribution amount (contribution amount) of Rs 11,000 by September 25, 2021.” ” ) President Ajay Kumar Lallu said.

The party had last week invited applications from potential candidates after a two-day brainstorming session organized by national general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Congress spokesperson Dr Uma Shankar Pandey had said on Saturday, “Workers willing to contest the coming elections can apply at the state or district headquarters.”

Explaining the decision to seek ‘contribution amount’, party spokesperson Ashok Singh said the move is for screening of candidates who are not serious.

A senior party functionary said that with the start of the nomination process, those who are not serious are also presenting their side by creating unnecessary trouble.

There is nothing new in seeking contributions, he said.

“All opposition parties take it as a deposit in their party accounts, some personally take huge amount for ticket allotment and are notorious for it,” he claimed.

UPCC media convener Lalan Kumar said that this step has been taken to improve the election process and finalize the candidates.

“Everything is transparent, the amount will be deposited in the UPCC fund and no one is demanding it,” he said.

The order states that the amount can be deposited through RTGS, demand draft or pay order and a receipt will be issued.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reached the state capital last week to review the preparations for the elections and held region-wise long meetings with several party leaders, office bearers and office bearers.

This time due to his active leadership, Congress is expected to turn its fortunes in the state.

The party had won only seven out of 403 seats in the 2017 state elections.

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