Ahead of his three-day tour beginning September 26 from Una, AICC General Secretary Sushil Kumar Shinde said Saturday that the party has not taken any decision on the “one family, one ticket” policy and that he was also not aware of such a demand being raised at Congress forums.
“I don’t know about suggestions like “one family, one ticket” being made by someone. No such thing has come to my notice. Anyone raising such a demand on his/her level doesn’t know anything. Let the election process start and we will take a call on candidates,” said Shinde, when asked about state Youth Congress president Vikramditya Singh’s suggestion on “one family, one ticket” policy.
Shinde said what’s important for the allottment of tickets to the candidates is the winnability factor, his clean image and loyalty to the party. “Well if such a thing was enforced in Punjab during the state assembly elections, I have to study it. Right now, there is no such thing, “said Shinde.
Shinde said PCC had already invited applications for party tickets. Ultimately, the decision on the tickets will be taken by the party’s highest decision making body after elections are announced.
Asked about Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh having declined to contest the polls , Shinde said, “The party wants him to contest the polls .Why should not he contest? He is the most experienced and senior party leader. He (CM) has led the Congress government successfully. We are going to the polls on the Congress party’s development agenda in Himachal Pradesh unlike the BJP, which has failed to deliver on promises made to the people in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.”
Meanwhile, he parried questions if the party had considered his demand for a free hand in the poll, making him the Congress party’s face, or alternative the poll being fought under collective leadership,which being quoted as an option inview of the BJP making Virbhadra Singh as sole target on the corruption issue.
“I am visiting Una, Kutlehar, Chintpurni on September 26 and thereafter, Pragpur, Naduan and Barsar the next day. This will cover my tour of Hamirpur constituency. I have already done Kangra and Mandi. On September 28, I will be at Solan to address a Dalit sammelan. Next on agenda is Shimla constituency “ he said.
Earlier, Vikramaditya Singh, who is preparing to make his electoral debut from Shimla (Rural) had gone public in favour of “one family ,one ticket”, making it quite obvious that he will be jumping the electoral battle and it was up to the party to find where the chief minister would be fielded.
Virbhadra Singh had won Shimla (Rural) in 2012 by a record margin of 20,000 votes ,after his earlier constituency of Rohru was reserved for the scheduled caste during delimitation before the assembly polls.
There are around a dozen Congress leaders including cabinet ministers, MLAs and former ministers who are keen to help their family members contest the polls.