Ticket seekers and ticket scuttlers

Congress has issued an appeal to local media to carry speculative items based on hearsay about the selection of candidates.

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 11, 2013 1:46:57 am

BHOPAL: The BJP headquarters in Bhopal and the residence of the state party chief Narendra Tomar have turned into centres of hectic political activity. The crowds comprise those lobbying for tickets as well as those trying hard to scuttle the chances of others. One individual of the second group said he wanted the party to deny a ticket to his MLA elder brother. “He has started behaving like Aurangzeb to usurp power,” the younger brother said to anyone who cared to listen to him outside Tomar’s bungalow. The entire family was against the MLA because he had started to harass them all,the man said,and described in detail how the lawmaker had filed a land-related case against their father.

Congress issues hearsay alert,SOS

Bhopal:The Congress has issued an appeal to local newspapers,weeklies and television channels,asking them not to carry speculative items based on hearsay about the selection of candidates. “Such news items and comments based on them are causing confusion,” the party has said. “The screening committee is considering names according to the formula chalked out by Rahul Gandhi,” PCC chief Kantilal Bhuria said,asking workers not to believe “half-baked,unauthorised news stories”. Needless to say,no media organisation carried the appeal,its headline “Very Important Letter” notwithstanding.

‘Curb corruption,exploitation of tribals’

RAIPUR: Expressing concern over the condition of tribals and rising inequality in Chhattisgarh,ASSOCHAM has proposed several measures to political parties to include in their election manifesto and ensure significant changes in governance,infrastructure,livelihood,energy,economic,ecological and state security. Noting that the state is rich in resources and scams have surfaced in coal sector,it asked the state government to form stringent rules and regulations to curb corruption and “prevent exploitation of tribals by mining bodies.” It also asked the state to undertake tribal development programme in consultation with the Centre.

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