New Delhi: Plagued by "sonstrokes" in the
October 13 Maharashtra Assembly polls, the Congress high
command is playing it cool to take a decision on the issue of
giving tickets to the kith and kin of party leaders.
Sons, daughters and near relatives of about a dozen
leaders, big and small, are aspirants for the party ticket
including Rajendra Shekhawat, son of President Pratibha Patil.
The list also include Amit Deshmukh, son of Union
Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Praneti Shinde, daughter of Union
Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Sagar Meghe, son of party MP
"The Congress President is sensitive in these matters. We
are not going to take an early decision. They (sons and kith
and kin) will continue to be on tenterhooks for some time," a
central leader of the party said.
PCC Chief Manikrao Thakre suggested that the party would
be toeing the middle line on the issue of granting tickets to
the kith and kin of senior leaders in the state.
"There is nothing bad if the sons of the party`s
committed workers get tickets," he said.
A central leader recalled that Chief Minister Ashok
Chavan, son of late S B Chavan who had been a Chief Minister,
had got the ticket from the youth quota.
The President`s son, Rajendra, wants the ticket from
Amravati constituency of Vidarbha region, a seat once
represented by his father Devisingh Shekhawat.