LS polls: Cong brings fresh faces to counter anti-incumbency

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New Delhi, Jan 28: To create fresh grounds for a comeback, the Congress has set itself for a major reshuffle in the parliament, sending long standing members, especially the unpopular ones, in the Lok Sabha to the Rajya Sabha. These may also include leaders who are not-so-popular among the public. Sources say that fresh and young faces are being inducted into the party to resurrect the party image. These faces are likely to fight the Lok Sabha elections.

For instance, Union Welfare Minister Kumari Selja has been asked to quit and file nomination from Haryana from the Rajya Sabha. She is suggested to be working for the

party in the run up of the Lok Sabha elections.

Senior party members Digvijay Singh and Madhusudan Mistry have also been moved to the Rajya Sabha so that they can concentrate of party work. Sultanpur's MP Sanjay Singh has been nominated from Assam so that his anger does not come in the way of Rahul Gandhi who will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Amethi.

It is also being suggested that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi wanted fresh faces to contest the elections to counter anti-incumbency in the wake of the party's

image being marred by corruption, policy paralysis, price rise, poor governance and weak leadership.

However, some of the other changes would also include filing nomination of former Union minister Murli Deora and former Maharashtra minister Hussain Dalwai for the Rajya Sabha. Both the leaders have been re-nominated for third and second term respectively.

In fact, Congress has re-nominated three of its Rajya Sabha members-KVP Ramachandra Rao, MA Khan and T Subbarami Reddy-all from Andhra Pradesh.

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