The Haryana Congress on Sunday claimed to have received 1,212 applications seeking party ticket for 90 assembly seats in the ensuing assembly elections, likely to be held in October this year.
Stating that the last date for receiving applications was July 20, which was extended to July 31, state Congress president Ashok Tanwar said in three districts the number of applicants had crossed 100. In Yamunanagar and Sonepat districts the number of applicants was 107 each, whereas in Karnal 106 and in Jind district 100 aspirants had filed applications.
Yamunanagar has four assembly constituencies, Sonepat has six, while Karnal and Jind have five Vidhan Sabha constituencies each. Hisar district has 96 applicants for seven seats. Tanwar said there were 17 reserve constituencies and the number of applicants belonging to Scheduled Castes was 321, including about 50 women. The number of women applicants for general seats was over 100.
Tanwar added that highest number of applicants was in Nilokheri and Kalanaur, both reserve constituencies with 35 applications each. He said Radaur had got 33 applicants and Assandh had 30 applicants.
Interestingly, the Congress had, for the first time, kept Rs. 10,000 application fee for the aspirants
belonging to the general category, Rs. 5,000 for ones from backward classes and Rs. 2,500 for women and Scheduled Castes aspirants, while there was no such fee in all the previous polls.
However, the party had received about 8,000 applications in the past two assembly elections. Several within the party held that since the Congress anticipated a poor response for tickets, it kept the fee so that the same could be stated to be the reason behind the less number of applications.
The party leaders, however, held that it was in the wake of reckless flow of applications that a fee had been fixed so that only "serious" aspirants applied.