Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday said that 50% of the assembly tickets for the upcoming elections should be allocated to the youth. Hooda said tickets should be given to those candidates, who maintained a clean image and demonstrated a greater possibility of winning elections.
Stating that the Congress party would form the government in the state for the third consecutive term, Hooda said the results of the assembly polls would be different from the Lok Sabha elections. He added that the BJP had contested the Lok Sabha polls on the strength of an individual and not on the strength of its policies or programmes.
Denying rumors about a move by the party high command to replace him, he said as long as he had the support of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and other Congress MLAs, he would continue to serve as the chief minister. When asked about recent criticisms on his style of functioning by Rajya Sabha MPs Birender Singh and Kumari Selja, Hooda said though there were differences of opinion, these statements were not major issues in the party.