New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday arrived at a consensus on 60 of the 70 candidates to be fielded in the Delhi Assembly elections, but their names would be final only after a meeting of the Central Election Committee chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on November 8.
At a meeting of the Screening Committee headed by Union minister V Narayanasamy here today, the party evolved a consensus on 60 names after long discussions, sources said.
A majority of sitting ministers and MLAs in the present Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government are likely to be given tickets again, the sources further said.
They said that the party`s screening committee has already taken a decision to repeat most of its sitting MLAs barring three-four against whom there are some serious allegations and anticipated strong anti-incumbency not only among voters but within party cadres as well.
In its meeting on October 25, the screening committee had finalised the criteria for selecting candidates for the December 4 Assembly polls.
The sources said that those getting tickets will have to have their names proposed in at least from one of the eight forums -- either of the two blocks in an assembly segment, the district committee, observer, party`s internal survey, MP, PCC president and CLP leader.
While those, who have lost an assembly election by a margin of 10,000 votes will not be considered, candidates, who have lost municipal corporation polls by more than 2500 votes will also not be fielded on the same criteria as there are four municipal wards in one Assembly.
There is already a decision not to give ticket to anybody facing serious criminal charge in all the five Assembly going states including Delhi.
A decision was also taken earlier not to give tickets to those who suffered two consecutive defeats in either assembly polls or municipal elections.