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Congress MLAs and Rajya Sabha MPs will not get tickets for Lok Sabha

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Rahul Gandhi has called a meeting of all the state Congress presidents and legislative party leaders after Congress general secretaries were instructed to select candidates for the Lok Sabha elections soon.

 

New Delhi| Congress president Rahul Gandhi has clarified that the Congress will not field candidates defeated twice. Reportedly, he also said that party MLAs and Rajya Sabha MPs should be avoided for giving tickets in Lok Sabha elections.

Rahul Gandhi has called a meeting of all the state Congress presidents and legislative party leaders after Congress general secretaries were instructed to select candidates for the Lok Sabha elections soon. This meeting will be held on Saturday. According to the reports, the party president will also conduct a meeting with the presidents of all frontal organizations of the Congress and AICC Secretaries on Wednesday to finalize the strategy of Lok Sabha elections.

A senior party leader said that the Congress president’s directives are that the MLAs and the Rajya Sabha MPs should be made the candidate only in a¬†situation when it is difficult for any other candidate to win besides them. Congress wants to declare the candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in the first week of March. So Rahul Gandhi is talking to party leaders and exploring the possibility of a coalition. Before declaring candidates in March, the agreement will be finalized so that the picture of coalition can be cleared before the announcement of the candidates. The party can also enter into an alliance with small parties in Uttar Pradesh.

The party is likely to have a deal with the National Janata Dal in Bihar, the DMK in Tamil Nadu, the Nationalist Congress Party in Maharashtra, the JDS in Karnataka and the National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir. A Congress leader said that there has been an initial dialogue with all the allies about the coalition. The seat sharing will be finalized soon. Party leaders believe that the allies in Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra will play the role of elder brother, while Congress seats in Karnataka will be more.

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