Congress will not name any Chief ministerial candidate: Dhawan

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Una, Oct 25 (UNI) Senior Congressman and in-charge, Himachal Pradesh political affairs R K Dhawan said here today that the party will not name any Chief Ministerial candidate during the coming assembly polls.

Addressing media persons, he said elected Congress legislators will decide on their leader and the high command will announce the Chief Ministerial candidate.

Expressing full confidence in the Congress victory during the elections, Mr Dhawan said AICC chairperson Sonia Gandhi, MP Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders will campaign for the party candidates in the state.

Mr Dhawan said the BJP had no issues against the ruling Congress party in the state. ''Congress will go to the people of the state on the basis of the party's performance during the last four and a half years, he added.

The Congress leader, who reached here this morning on way to Nagrota Bagwan to address a public meeting, said early elections will not cause any serious problems for the ruling party.

He however, remarked that if the three tribal constituencies were at a disadvantage during the last elections, the remaining 65 were at loss this time as their mandate did not get a full five year term to perform.

Reacting to queries, Dhawan said efforts will be made to allot tickets to people having a clean image and relatively fresh faces.

Women, if found fit to win, will be given due representation, he added.

When asked to comment on reports of some senior Congressmen lobbying to garner tickets for their wards in their place, the senior Congressman retorted, ''when a doctor's son can become a doctor and a trader's son can become a trader, why can not a politician's son become a politician''.

Referring to the candidature of Sat Mahajan's son Ajay Mahajan, Dhawan said the latter had been working for the party for the last three decades and if found fit, the party will have not hesitation in awarding him the ticket from Nurpur.

He made similar replies when asked about Sukh Ram's son Anil Sharma's ticket and reported moves by Former Una MLA and Kangra Bank Chairman Virender Gautam seeking the party ticket for his son Rajiv Gautam.

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