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Cong starts selection process for UP polls

india Updated: Aug 24, 2010 11:22 IST

Congress has begun the process of selection of candidates for the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and it is likely to be completed by next April, party general secretary Digvijay Singh said today.

"The party has started the process of selection of candidates for the UP Assembly elections and its observers are moving in the state," Singh said while addressing a backward convention organised by the Congress here.

After November, suggestions on probable candidates will be taken from block, tehsil, city and district units.

"Efforts will be made to distribute tickets by April next year so that they get at least one-year time to prepare for the polls," he said, adding that efforts would be made to ensure that each group gets representation.

"Now the aspirants do not need to take rounds with their biodata," he added.

Turning to dalits and backward classes, Singh said "political situation changed after the Mandal commission which led to emergence of backward leadership in the country. But the Congress failed to realise this and as a result backwards drifted from the party."

He, however, claimed that those who formed the government with votes of backward section and dalits later failed to look beyond their families.

The UP in-charge further said there were some complaints relating to organisational elections in the state which will be looked into by central election authority of the party.

He said time has come to create confidence among deprived sections of the society that Congress is their party.

Singh also said by visiting Tappal in Aligarh, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi has shown that he is a grassroot leader.

"When I visited Tappal, people demanded that Rahul Gandhi visit the area. I conveyed their feelings to him... The very next day, Rahul took a taxi and reached the place. He not only interacted with the people, but also visited the families whose members were killed in police firing," he said.

Earlier, Union Coal Minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal said that before aspiring for anything, new entrants should learn the ideology of the party.

"Congress is not like SP or BSP. It is an ocean and those joining it must first learn to swim before aspiring for a post," he said.