No more symbolic,bruised Congress gets serious about local body polls

The Congress has decided to contest the upcoming local body polls on its symbol.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published: May 21, 2012 2:30 am

The Congress has decided to contest the upcoming local body polls on its symbol. Moreover,the party will include those leaders in the selection process of candidates,who got more than 15,000 votes during the recent Assembly elections in the state.

Learning a lesson from the past and following allegations by the district units that all important decisions are taken in Delhi,the Congress for the first time has left the entire selection process of local body candidates to local committees.

A letter in this regard has been sent by Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh to Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee,which would now be circulated to all the districts. In his letter,Singh wrote that all those leaders,who contested Assembly election and got more than 15,000 votes would be part of the selection process of the candidates for the local body elections. Congress MP,MLA,Chairman of Nagar panchayat or Nagar Parishad of the region would also be part of this selection committee along with the district party unit chief. This committee will decide candidates for the polls of corporators,chairman Nagar Panchayat,Nagar Parishad and declare their names at the district level. A separate committee will be formed for selection of candidates for election of 12 Mayors in the state. This committee would comprise Congress state president,Congress Legislature Party leader and AICC general secretary in-charge of the state.

Just like the Lok Sabha and Assembly election,the party has also decided to appoint observers,who would monitor the entire election process. “These instructions were necessary because there was confusion among the workers. Different leaders were saying different things,” said a senior party leader.

After its poor performance in the Assembly elections,the party has pinned its hope from local body poll. However,the fact remains that some of its sitting Congress Mayors like Bareilly Mayor Supriya Aron,who was made party candidate from Bareilly cantonment Assembly got merely 16,310 votes and came fourth. Another Congress Mayor from Allahabad,Chaudhary Jitendra Nath Singh,contested from Allahabad North and secured 19,121 votes. Out of 12 mayors in the state,Congress has three. The third one is Jhansi Mayor B Lal.

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