It is said that there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics. And certainly not so when it comes to getting a party ticket to contest Lok Sabha elections.
After reports started doing rounds that the Congress might actually reconsider the candidature of veteran leaders Jagdish Tytler from the Northeast Delhi parliamentary seat and Sajjan Kumar from South Delhi Parliamentary seat, several hopefuls have started lobbying for the elusive ticket.
“There has been no discussion on the withdrawal of Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, but Congress leaders from their constituencies who were trying for a ticket earlier are already meeting party seniors to secure their chances. But a final decision will be taken only when Congress president Sonia Gandhi returns,” said a party source.
AICC Delhi in charge Oscar Fernandes was also reportedly in Kerala and was supposed to return to Delhi late on Wednesday after which he was supposed to meet the party president.
Party sources added that a decision might be arrived on during the late night deliberations by the Congress high command.
Despite the uncertainty, names like Delhi Speaker Yoganand Shastri, Gujjar leader Chattar Singh and Balram Tanwar were said to be in circulation from South Delhi, while Congress MLA Mateen Ahmed’s name was being cited for the Northeast Delhi Parliamentary seat.
DPCC chief Jai Prakash Aggarwal, however, desisted from commenting on the issue, stating that any decision would be taken only in consultation with the party high command.
There were reports in some sections that Aggarwal himself might be asked to replace Tytler from the Northeast Delhi seat, but he denied the same. But other party leaders pointed out that withdrawing Tytler and Sajjan Kumar's tickets at this stage might prove to be suicidal for the Congress. Both the leaders enjoy a mass following and have won elections with huge margins.
“Tytler and Sajjan Kumar are sure shot winners for the Congress. The Sikh vote will not make much of a difference in Delhi where Congress is set to win, but this might have an effect in Punjab,” said another leader.