In the run up to the 2012 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the first day of the key Coordination Committee meeting of Congress on Monday, focussed on criteria for selection of candidates as well as how to expand the party base in the state.
The members at the meeting, while expressing their views on the various issues, concentrated on the biggest challenge at hand; selection of candidates, party sources said. The members were of the view that the names of at least 200 candidates with good image should be finalised in two months' time and they be asked to start preparations in their respective constituencies so that they are better prepared to face the elections, the sources added.
The criteria for selection of candidates was also discussed, with the members stressing that instead of banking fully on the views of central observers, the opinions of local leaders and grass root workers should also be taken, so as to assess ground reality.
Unhappy that the Uttar Pradesh government has been taking credit for the schemes being run with central funds, the members stressed that the public should be forcefully apprised of the reality and the BSP government should be "exposed" on this count.