Deny tickets to corrupt politicians: Cong leader

  • HT correspondent, None, Jammu
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2014 20:49 IST

Senior Congress leader Abdul Gani Vakil has said the party should not give tickets to corrupt people in the forthcoming assembly elections. He said the tainted and corrupt politicians should not be given a second chance.

"The tainted and corrupt politicians should not be given a chance to loot the state exchequer," Vakil said in a statement.

Vakil has been consistently raising the issue of corrupt politicians in the party and has asked the party high command to deny tickets to them.

The Congress, which had lost all the three seats it contested in the parliamentary elections, had decided to take tough action against the leaders facing allegations of corruption.

Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Saifuddin Soz had recently said some names had been identified and forwarded to the party high command for suitable action. The state unit in-charge Ambika Soni had also said though the names and action can't be made public, the party is serious about corruption.

Vakil said ticked should not be given to leaders against whom corruption cases are pending in courts and by denying tickets to them, the party should send a message that such elements will not be allowed to hold any government post.

The Congress leader said people should foil the designs of forces and leaders who are asking the people in the Valley to boycott the polls. He asked the youth to participate in the upcoming polls with much greater number.

The Congress has decided to snap ties with the National Conference and would contest all the 87 assembly seats. It's facing tough challenge from the ascending BJP and is in a serious introspection and course correction mode.

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