Congress has not yet announced its candidates for all the seats in the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections. However, the manner in which the party has selected and nominated candidates, the state Congress leaders and workers are angry. The resentment is strong towards the tickets given to the sons and daughters and relatives of senior leaders. Precisely because, long time committed party workers have been ignored on these seats.
Party leaders say that the way the candidates have been announced shows a lack of strategy. The party fears that uproar may arise if the candidates are named. Therefore, despite giving the party’s election symbol to most of the candidates, the names have not been announced yet.
A senior state Congress leader said that if we assess candidates declared on behalf of all parties in the election, then Congress has fielded the weakest candidates. There is about one and a half dozen seats where the party has given a walkover to the NDA. Tickets have been given to a very small number of workers, making them candidates for unknown seats in different cities. It is inconceivable that why and how the party has done the entire exercise of selecting the candidates.
Party leaders say that the party has only ignored the workers to give tickets to the sons and daughters of big leaders. Relatives of several leaders have also been given tickets. The list includes the names of daughters and relatives of several leaders, including Luv Sinha, son of famous film actor Shatrughan Sinha, and senior leader Sharad’s son Subhashini Yadav.
With this, the party has made former president of Aligarh Muslim University Mashkur Usmani its candidate from the Jale seat. Mashkur has been a key face in the Lalbagh demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). Along with this, he was also surrounded by controversy over the picture of Mohammad Ali Jinnah in AMU Students’ Union Hall.