MP Congress says no to turncoats in civic body elections this time

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2014 18:06 IST

Those who joined the Congress recently will not get ticket in the civic body elections, party’s senior leader Sajjan Singh Verma said on Wednesday.

Verma, the Congress in-charge for civic elections, said workers who have put in years of hard work would be preferred during ticket distribution.

"Even persons whose family has split loyalties (like the ticket aspirant is a Congress worker but his brother is in the BJP) will not be considered," said Verma, who was at the party’s state headquarters in Bhopal to discuss strategy and selection of candidates ahead of the civic polls.

Stating that at least 70% tickets would be given to youths, the former Dewas MP said, "We are also going to ensure that a leader with criminal background is not fielded." He said observers were being sent to some places to select candidates while the committee would decide the rest.

The Congress leader said the criterion would be the same for mayoral candidate as well as the corporators (councilors). "The delimitation has been conducted arbitrarily and favours the BJP. But we will put in our best to ensure victory for the party," said the Congress leader.

About Congress leader Aslam Sher Khan’s recent statement that backward, Dalit and minorities were not given proper representation in party, Verma said that the senior leader shouldn’t have said so as he was fielded by the party and sent to Parliament.

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