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Delhi Congress Begins Search For 70 Candidates For Assembly Polls | Delhi News

Posted on October 15, 2018 by Chand Isha
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Delhi Congress Begins Search For 70 Candidates For Assembly Polls | Delhi News
NEW DELHI: The Congress has begun the process of identifying suitable candidates for all 70 seats as the Delhi assembly elections near.
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Sheila Dikshit said the party has decided to seek three names from each assembly segment as potential candidates, one of whom must be a woman. The names have to be submitted by June 22.
“Following a meeting with the three acting presidents, I decided to ask the district and block presidents of the party to suggest the names,” Dikshit told TOI, adding that the party will also invite applications from those interested in contesting the elections.
This is the first time that the Congress has started the candidate selection process several months in advance.
The recently concluded General Election saw the Congress put up a spirited performance on all seven seats in Delhi in a tough triangular contest. Its vote share also increased substantially from 15.2% in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to 22.51% this year. In the 2015 assembly elections, Congress had barely managed to get 9.7% of votes and failed to win a single seat in the 70-member House.
Senior party functionaries said they see a good chance of revival of the party in Delhi after an improved performance in the Lok Sabha polls. “We would have done even better if the names of the candidates had been announced a little earlier. AAP had announced its candidates at least six months in advance and by the time our candidates began campaigning, they had already been to each and every part of the constituency at least twice,” said a senior Congress leader, adding, “The five-member committee investigating the reasons behind our defeat has also got a similar feedback from local leaders and party workers.”