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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Rahul Gandhi: Selection of Congress candidates for the Lok Sabha polls will reflect people’s voice

Rahul Gandhi: Selection of candidates will be based on voice of people
New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi informed that the selection of party candidates will be through a new process which will take into account the voice of the people and will be completed before the deadline.
During a brief interaction with the media persons, Rahul Gandhi said, "For the first time, we are working on a deadline, getting voices of people into the party systematically". "The ticket distribution will be done by a new process. Discussions have been taking place within our party for a long time. We are doing this with a formal structure," he added.
To finalise the Congress candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Congress has constituted screening committees for all states and Union Territories. In the first meeting of the Chairmen of these screening committees, Rahul Gandhi underlined the importance of giving prominence to common people in decision making in political processes including deciding candidates. The Congress vice-president is impressed upon the broad parameters of candidate selection like no criminal record against them and an experience of right kind of politics along with winnability.
The meetings of the screening committees to select candidates will begin soon after the January 17 AICC meeting in Delhi. With Rahul Gandhi keen on early declaration of candidates for Lok Sabha polls, the party is understood to have decided to come out with a list of 150 to 200 nominees by the end of this month.
Lok Sabha elections are likely to be held in April-May and the decision will give at least three months time to the candidates to prepare for the elections.

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