Punjab Congress Election Committee authorizes Sonia Gandhi to take final decision on tickets

Devinder Singh Kohli /kaumimarg .com | November 20, 2016 08:23 PM
Punjab Congress Election Committee authorizes  Sonia Gandhi to take final decision on tickets


The 34-member Punjab Congress Election Committee, headed by Captain Amarinder Singh, has authorized AICC president Sonia Gandhi to take the final decision on ticket allocation for the forthcoming Punjab assembly polls.The committee passed a one-line resolution saying the eventual decision on the selection of candidates for the Punjab assembly poll is left to Sonia Gandhi and the committee would send its suggestions to the party leadership for further action.

Expressing full faith in the AICC president, the meeting decided to leave the final decision in the matter of selection of party candidates for the Punjab elections to her. Talking to mediapersons after the meeting on Sunday, Captain Amarinder said all the 34 members of the committee had been provided dockets with names of all the prospective candidates for each of the 117 Assembly constituencies in the state. The committee members have been asked to check out the report cards of the ticket seekers in the docket and come out with their suggestions, if any, by 11 a.m. on Monday, after which the list, with suggestions, will be sent to the Congress Screening Committee.

Reiterating that winnability and merit will be the key criteria in the selection of the candidates by the party, Captain Amarinder said the suggestions of the committee members, along with the shortlisted names, would be forwarded to the Congress Screening Committee, slated to meet in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Ashok Gehlot on November 23 and 24.The screening committee will then submit its views to the Congress leadership, with Sonia Gandhi taking the final decision on the ticket allocation, said Captain Amarinder.

The first list, of candidates for the polls, is expected to be released around the first week of December, after thorough scrutiny of the shortlisted names, which the Punjab Congress Election Committee will send to the party’s central leadership.

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