Viplove defends ticket distribution in HP

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Shimla, Nov 26 (UNI) The Congress today defended the party's decision on ticket-distribution for Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, saying it represented all sections of the society.

''The ticket distribution of the Congress has been very fair in which all the sections of the society have been given representation,'' Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Viplove Thakur said at a press conference here.

She said due to right selection of the candidates half the battle has been won, while the opposition was yet to announce the names of the candidates for a few constituencies.

Justifying the denial of tickets to six-time legislator and state Horticulture Minister Singhi Ram from Rampur in Shimla district and Assembly Deputy Speaker Dharampal Thakur (Arki) in Solan district in favour of former SPG commando Nand Lal and Prakash Chand Karad, son of a former cook of Gandhi family respectively, she said winnability was the only criteria for selection.

''Ticket allotment has been done taking into consideration winnability factor and on the basis of feedback received from the constituency,'' the HPCC president said.

Defending the selection of the candidates by the party, she said being relative of any leader should not be a disqualification for anybody to apply for the Congress ticket.

All got tickets on the basis of their work and on the requests of the grassroot workers, she added.

UNI

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