Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
Congress is leaving no stone unturned for the forthcoming assembly elections. The Central leadership is not only keeping a watchful eye but has already initiated the process of candidate selection. Under a secret plan more than 52 people under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi have already dispersed all over the state and taking stock of the things.
According to the party sources the 52 members are from different states. They have not met big party leaders but trying to gauge the party position at the local level. They are in touch with local people and the party workers. The aim is to select candidates who are active at the ground level.
The party leadership is likely to give opportunity to fresh and young faces over the older ones this time.
AICC general secretary and party in-charge of Madhya Pradesh, Deepak Babaria, had also said the party would start the candidate selection process for the next year’s Assembly elections early. He had said the process of streamlining the organisational structure in the state would also be undertaken.
Initially, the Congress is likely to focus on 60-65 seats, where the party could not win in the past two elections.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has indicated and which was also visible in the recently-held Gujarat elections, younger faces could be given a preference in Madhya Pradesh as well.
The party is likely to request the leaders, who had lost in the last two-three elections, to vacate the seat for the young leaders.