Ruling party in Rajasthan is Congress since 2008. Party is yet to announce the name of candidates for 2013 assembly elections.
Congress has declared that the final selection of candidates for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly elections in 2013 would be over by this month, September and the party’s draft manifesto would also be readied soon. “Party’s block, district and pradesh committees will finalise the probable candidates for 200 Assembly seats by August 20,” AICC general secretary Gurudas Kamat, who is in-charge of party’s affairs in the state, told reporters in Jaipur after chairing a day-long election panel meeting.
A final list would be submitted to the party high command for approval and by the end of September, names of candidates would probably be announced, Kamat said, adding that Sunday’s meeting was attended by 25 out of 27 members appointed by the party high command, where guidelines for candidates’ selection were discussed.
Emerging from the meeting, party MLA from Barmer district, Sonaram told reporters, he had insisted Kamat to consider shifting of an oil refinery to Leelala as villagers were protesting and the state Revenue Minister Hemaram Choudhary had to resign owing to growing resentment among people.
A sub-committee would soon be set up for drafting the party manifesto, which would be ready by the end of this month, he said. The party would come up with an implementable agenda, and not with something to impress others, chairman of the Manifesto Committee Shanti Dhariwal said.
“If the locational dispute of the refinery is not resolved soon, party might lose upto seven seats in the coming elections…it seems the government is adamant on ignoring popular demand and sticking to the Pachpadra location,” Sonaram said. The issue of giving prominence to six MLAs who had switched sides from BSP to Congress was also raised in the meeting, coming from party sources.