Parties tighten belts for 2019 polls | Be inclusive in selecting Lok Sabha candidates: Rahul to party leaders

(AICC president Rahul Gandhi scheduled to visit Arunachal in March next for election campaign –Sanjoy)

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: All national political parties, particularly ruling BJP and opposition Congress have tightened their belts to jump into the fray with Election Commission of India beginning preparation for simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in a meeting with senior party office bearers in New Delhi on Saturday discussed threadbare to finalize strategy, particularly booth level, for the ensuing elections.

Candidate selection process should be more inclusive ensuring participation of maximum party stakeholders and workers; he specifically told CLP leaders & PCC chiefs from all over India and directed them to complete the selection process as soon as possible, APCC president Takam Sanjoy, told this daily over telephone.

Sanjoy, who attended the meeting along with CLP leader Takam Pario, former CM Nabam Tuki and former APCC president Padi Richo, said that the AICC has made public about this crucial meeting, which had reviewed election preparedness & strategy in each state.

“We discussed a wide range of issues related to the upcoming elections. I thank all those who came to Delhi to attend this meeting,” Gandhi tweeted after the meeting.

Aggressively all issues against the BJP aggressively by  highlighting “failures”  and “dictatorial style” of governance of Modi government and “burning issues”, such as farm distress and unemployment during  campaign, Gandhi urged the party leaders, Sanjoy disclosed.

He stressed that pro-people policies proposed by Congress party, like minimum income guarantee programme should be brought to the notice of the masses across the country, focus on state-oriented major issues and suggest them to AICC manifesto committee for incorporation.

Senior leaders such as Ahmed Patel, Rajasthan Chief Minister-cum-CLP Leader Ashok Gehlot and DyCM-cm-Congress president Sachin Pilot, among others, were present.

Moreover, Gandhi would be addressing AICC secretaries on this issue on February 13 while on Thursday had directed AICC general secretaries and in-charges of various states to finalise Lok Sabha candidates by February-end and asked newly appointed Uttar Pradesh in-charges Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia to strengthen the party in the state on “mission-mode”.

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