PCC chief Chandrabhan, on Wednesday, made it clear that no MP has staked his claim to contest Assembly elections. Raising objection he said that if MPs contest Assembly elections who will contest general elections which are due after 6-7 months.
“New faces, party office bearers and young leaders should be given chance rather than permitting MPs to contest the Assembly elections,” Chandrabhan said adding, “Everyone wants to contest election and when the party’s office bearers have worked for party they should be promoted and tickets should be given to them.” At the same time he admitted that exceptions are always there and not more than one or two MPs may be permitted to contest Assembly polls.
The PCC chief informed that the screening committee will hold its second meeting on October 14-15 to discuss the candidates for the tickets. Final list will be sent to central election committee and list will be declared. Sources informed that due to meeting of screening committee for the coming visit of Rahul Gandhi to Rajasthan on October 15 may get delayed.
On the issue of the Election Commission taking cognizance on CM staying in Jodhpur House in Delhi, he said that the EC should make improvement on certain provision. “Why all Circuit Houses and Dak Bungalows are denied to leaders by the EC for two months. The EC should permit two rooms in every Circuit House and government accommodation to all political parties like before. Where this new rule has come from,” he said.
Targeting BJP he said that ticket is finalised by party high command but in BJP the final decision is in Raje’s hands. “BJP comprises Raje and RSS. Tickets are decided by Raje and RSS gives the list of their desired candidates. It’s not a democratic process. It’s purely feudalism they work on,” Chandrabhan added.