Earlier this month, the Supreme court had ruled in two different judgements that the people in jail cannot contest elections and that the politicians convicted in criminal cases would cease to be elected representatives on the day of convicition.
Rahul Gandhi, who is Congress party national vice president, today met party leaders incharge of five election-bound states and asked them to entertain candidates with criminal background.
He met party general secretaries and the chairmen of the screening committees for Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram to discuss the party strategy for the polls due this year in these states.
Party general secretaries B K Hariprasad (Chhattisgarh), Mohan Prakash (Madhya Pradesh), Gurudas Kamath (Rajasthan) and Luizinho Falerio (Mizoram) attended it. Others at the meeting were C P Joshi, who is the in-charge of the screening committee for Chhattisgarh, V Narayanasamy for Delhi, Ajay Maken for Rajasthan and Madhusudan Mistri for Madhya Pradesh.
The meeting discussed the "process, procedure, general guidelines and deadline issue" for various activities that take place during the elections.
He told the party office-bearers that it was important that the people at the Block-level of the party should have a larger say in the selection of candidates as they know more about them.