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‘winnability Will Be Top Criterion In Ticket Distribution By Congress’ | Jaipur News

Jaipur: Congress will give tickets to “winnable” candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in the state, and there will be no age bar or a “recommendation system,” said the party’s state in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Wednesday.
“We will give tickets to winnable candidates. If someone is elderly in our home, do we throw them out saying they have grown old and must move out?” he told in reply to journalists’ questions. Randhawa met several state ministers and MLAs on Wednesday as part of his interactions to gather feedback about issues related to the government and the party organisation. He said ministers are participating in the interactions “with an open mind” and that Congress was not afraid of the recent ED searches in Rajasthan.
Speaking about ticket distribution, Randhawa told reporters, “You must have seen in Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh that the recommendation system did not work. So it will not be there in Rajasthan as well. There cannot be an age cut-off in politics. We keep the youths along and push them forward.” He also said that “discussions” would also be held with those who have lost elections twice.
Reacting to Congress MLA Bharat Singh’s statement that youths should be brought forward, Randhawa said, “Those who have grown old should themselves sacrifice. It is needless to mention it. Those who are suggesting this should set an example.”
Randhawa, who arrived here on Tuesday evening amid speculation over Sachin Pilot’s next move, met ministers Mamta Bhupesh, Saleh Mohammad, Govind Meghwal and Murari Lal Meena, among others, on Wednesday. He also met MLAs Krishna Poonia, Rafiq Khan and several former MLAs.
He said Congress is not afraid of the action by Enforcement Directorate (ED), which carried out searches at several places in the state on Monday in connection with a money laundering probe in the paper leak case.
“We are not afraid of ED. In Karnataka, where BJP had a humiliating defeat, our deputy chief minister (DK Shivakumar) was put behind bars. Despite this, people did not vote for BJP. Be it ED, CBI or the income tax department, we will cope with them all. We are not afraid,” he added.
Randhawa reached Jaipur amid speculation that the meeting Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi had last week with CM Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot did not result in any resolution of the “core issues” between the two Rajasthan leaders. Sources said Pilot was firm on his demands, including action against alleged corruption during the previous Vasundhara Raje government, and was waiting for a definitive response from the party high command.

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