Congress can’t learn from Telangana elections, delays in Lok Sabha list
The Congress High Command had decided to announce the Lok Sabha candidates from February 15 and asked all the State Congress Committees to send a list of candidates till the end of January.
But a week after the deadline, the leaders have not started the process yet. Some party leaders are now concerned about delays in the announcement of candidates.
Two days ago in a meeting with Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, the leaders of the Telangana Congress reiterated the reason for the defeat of Congress in Telangana. The Congress high command has decided not to repeat those mistakes in the Lok Sabha elections.
The High Command has directed the heads of the District Congress Committee to suggest three names for the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee for each Lok Sabha constituency.
In return, the State Election Committee will have to check the names and each constituency will have to select two and it will be handed over to the high command. The Central Election Committee of Congress will choose one of the candidates. But the DCCs have not yet sent their list to TPCC. The Congress high command has decided to appoint DCC presidents to all 31 districts in the state. Earlier, the high command had appointed 10 DCC presidents according to old districts. The delay is because new DCC presidents are yet to be appointed.
The Congress high command on Thursday appointed new DCC presidents to all 31 districts and two city Congress presidents. In the new list, the high command has continued DCC presidents of old districts.
The poll schedule is expected in the first week of March. TPCC treasurer Mr Gudur Narayanareddy said the Congress central leadership was committing the same mistake that it did in the Assembly elections, that is the delay in announcing candidates. He said such delay could cost dearly in the elections.