Lucknow: Congress on Tuesday authorised party
general secretary Rahul Gandhi to finalise alliance with
smaller parties and decided not to enter into pre-poll tie-up
with BJP, SP and BSP for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
"Election commmitee of the party has decided not to enter
into pre-poll alliance with BJP, BSP or SP in state Assembly
polls. It has authorised Rahul for finalising alliance with
smaller parties, if any," party leader Digvijay Singh told
Singh was made this announcement after first meeting of
Congress election committee here which was also attended by
The party would give preference to backward, minority and
youths in ticket distribution, Singh said, adding new faces
would be given a chance in place of those who have contested
party elections several times but could not succeed.
He said a two-day meet of the party would be held here in
the third week of this month in which names of prospective
candidates would be discussed seat-wise.
"Recommendations would be sent to AICC on the seats in
which there is no dispute in the name of candidates after this
meet. On the seats where there is some dispute, we will try to
solve it and ensure that ticket is distributed after
consensus," Singh said.
The process (of ticket distribution) is likely to be
completed in next two months, he said.
It was also decided in the meeting to constitute a
manifesto committee and prepare chargesheet which would be
compilation of corruption cases of BSP leaders, including
About the land acquisition policy announced by the state
government, Singh said, "It was decided that Congress
Legislature Party leader will send party`s objections on the
policy to the Chief Minister."
He said that Congress would be organising a farmers
panchayat in Bhatta Prasaul to be attend by Rahul Gandhi.
"If the state government did not permit, we will hold
panchayat in some other village," Singh said, adding after
hearing grievances and suggestions of farmers Congress would
give its proposal to the Centre, which will be tabling Land
Acquisition Bill in the Monsoon Session.
Singh also announced that party would fight for
Bhatta-Parsaul farmers in the court to ensure cancelling of
land acquisition there.