Winnability and clean image should be criteria for choosing candidates for coming Haryana state assembly elections, Congress ticket aspirants told party's senior official at a public meeting here on Thursday at Panchkula. As many as 1,215 aspirants are in the race for the Congress tickets in the forthcoming Haryana Assembly polls having 90 seats.
In the meeting that was called by Haryana Congress to gather the response and suggestions from all the tickets aspirants, several appealed the party's senior office-bearers not to give tickets to those who had lost the election twice and strongly advocated to select local candidates rather than bringing parachute candidates, which they would not accept.
Senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad and Haryana Congress (HPCC) president Ashok Tanwar were among others who heard these aspirants. Later chief minister Bhupinder SIngh Hooda also joined them.
Gurdial Puri from Yamunanagar asked the party to give a chance to new faces with clean image and can win election for the party.
Another ticket aspirant from Karnal, Amichand, told the party leaders that only those people should be given ticket who had good track record and were dedicated party workers.
The female aspirants appealed the party to give due representation to women in the ticket distribution.
Addressing the gathering Shakeel Ahmad said that the party would hold first election committee meeting on August 9 in Panchkula in which criteria for ticket distribution would be decided.
He said all the issues raised during the meeting would be seriously considered. Even the performance of last election would be important consideration while selecting candidates for all its 90 assembly seats.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda also made it clear that all the sitting MLAs should not be in the illusion that they would get the tickets for sure.