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8:19 am - Wednesday July 26, 2017

Do not prefer dynasty politics: Rahul

RAHUL AT RALLY IN GUWAHATIAgencies, Diphu, Assam Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said he did not ‘prefer’ dynasty politics, in which party tickets are given to more than one person of the same family.

“Till now, a hundred or two hundred people kept on deciding the fate of party tickets, but a whole new process will be followed this time. I do not have a preference for dynasty politics for giving party tickets. “Not more than one person should get a party ticket from the same family,”

Mr Gandhi said in an interaction here with representatives of autonomous and scheduled councils.

He referred to his experiment of conducting intra-party elections to select Lok Sabha candidates in some constituencies and said ‘ a total new procedure will be applied for giving party tickets for the coming election.’

The ‘experiment’ is being conducted in 15 constituencies spread over different states.

The candidate for the Guwahati Lok Sabha seat has been also selected by this procedure in which, interestingly Manas Bora, son of Assam Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora, emerged victorious.

Mr Gandhi also stressed on giving 50 per cent representation to women applicants. He said corruption will have to be rooted out from numerous spheres for ushering in a developed India.Mr Gandhi, who landed in Guwahati this morning, flew straight to Diphu.

From Diphu helipad, he went to the Diphu stadium where an enclosure was built to accommodate 400 persons, amid waterproof security.

He meet leaders of three Sixth Scheduled Autonomous Councils and six Non Sixth Scheduled Councils amid a total strike throughout the district called by several students and youth organisations. The discussion mainly centred around creation of an autonomous state as per the provision under Article 244(A) of 6th schedule of the Constitution, comprising Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, the two hill districts of Assam, and the demand for creation of Bodoland. The leaders of other six autonomous councils emphasised on the decentralisation of power to make the toothless councils more authoritative.


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