The results of the Youth Congress elections — to be declared ahead of municipal polls — are likely to have an impact on the selection of Congress candidates for the upcoming civic polls.
Most Youth Congress contestants are being backed by heavyweights within the party — some of them are even closely related to sitting MPs and MLAs — in the hope that those whose followers are elected, will have more say in the ticket distribution process for the municipal elections too.
“Those elected to the Youth Congress are grassroot level workers, who have a good hold there. So, it would not be wrong to say that those leaders who are backing the winning candidates also have a good hold at grassroot level and have the capability of selecting the right candidates for municipal elections too,” said a minister in Sheila Dikshit’s cabinet.
The Congress party has formed seven committees in the seven Delhi parliamentary constituencies to select candidates for municipal wards falling in that parliamentary constituency. The committee includes members of Parliament, candidates who contested assembly elections from segments in that parliamentary constituency and district presidents of the area.
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Jai Prakash Aggarwal, however, said the selection of candidates would depend on the decision taken by the entire committee and individual influence would not be “tolerated”.
“The committee will take the decision. In case there is a lack of consensus in some area, the state leadership will sit and work it out. But I will not let anyone try to influence the process,” Aggarwal said.
This is first time the Youth Congress office bearers have been selected through an election. Another senior Congress leader said election for Youth Congress had brought a lot of animosity among party leaders that may reflect in MCD polls.