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Now on, no tickets for leaders’ kin in Haryana: Cong

india Updated: Sep 16, 2009 01:02 IST
Saroj Nagi
Saroj Nagi
Hindustan Times
October 13 Assembly polls

The Congress has decided not to give any tickets to fresh relatives for the October 13 Assembly polls in Haryana.

Nearly a dozen leaders are reportedly trying to get nominations for a fresh batch of relatives for the upcoming polls.

“A decision has been taken not to entertain any recommendation of a ticket by a leader for a new relative,” said a Congressman who did not want to be quoted. Relatives who are already legislators or MPs are of course out of the purview.

The decision not to entertain a new crop of blood relations is meant to check the overrun by relatives in the state where almost all the elected representative, including a legislator or a Member of Parliament, is a kith and kin promoted by a leader.

The state has 90 Assembly seats of which 60 are held by the Congress.

Unless some legislators are denied tickets, only 30 seats will be available for fresh candidates. Of these 30, 11 are held by Independents.

Sonepat MP Jitender Singh Malik’s brother is a district president.

Congress sources said that this time nearly 15 per cent of the tickets would be given to women and half a dozen tough seats — like Sirsa and Meham — would be handed out to Youth Congress nominees.

Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi had earlier suggested that ‘tough seats’ should be handed to youngsters. The proposal was meant to serve the dual purpose of grooming a new rung of leadership and rebuilding the party in such seats.