Congress leaders had subsequently agreed to take a relook at the inclusion of Chandni Chowk and North-West Delhi represented by Union ministers Kapil Sibal and Krishna Tirath respectively.
The primaries system gives party workers in the constituency a voice in the selection of candidates. AICC communication department chairman Ajay Maken said this would help party workers to rise through the organisation and complete the full cycle of reforms in government, political system and cleanse it.
This is the thinking of the Congress vice president behind the move, Maken said, indicating that the party was likely to go ahead with the experiment that would end the high command culture and empower grass-root workers.
Maken later told PTI that Gandhi had agreed to the need for a proper procedure for selecting seats for the experiment when sitting MPs questioned “the criteria of selecting two seats out of seven Lok Sabha seats”.
“After giving the power to ordinary workers to elect their officer bearers as was done in NSUI and Youth Congress, he (Gandhi) wants that office-bearers should be empowered now and should have a say in candidate selection,” he said.