SHILLONG, Jan 10: Determined to get the best candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections, three All India Congress Committee (AICC) coordinators are camping in Meghalaya and helping out with the scrutiny process of the candidates before allotting the party tickets.
Following the resignation of seven sitting legislators from Congress, the ruling party has geared up to fill the vacant post and bring more people under its fold.
“Ahead of the meeting the three AICC coordinators are doing their ground work and are interacting with the block level leaders,” a Congress source said.
It was also informed that the Congress is very strict with the candidate selection process and will only allot tickets to those candidates with winnable prospects. Be it a sitting legislator or a new face, the winning factor will play a key role in their selection.
“Anyone applying for congress ticket may not get ticket, don’t be surprised if a sitting legislator who has less chance of winning may not get ticket,” Congress source said.
“For us loyalty towards party will be a major factor, we are sure we will get majority and we are working on that direction,” Congress source said.
While there are many who left the Congress camp, NCP legislator Marthon Sangma and four other Independent legislators are set to join Meghalaya’s ruling Congress to contest the upcoming Assembly polls.
The move of the five legislators to join Congress is significant after seven of its legislators had resigned as members of the Assembly and joined other political parties.
Independent legislators — Brigady Marak, Ashahel D Shira, Michael Sangma and David Nongrum — who are supporting the Dr. Mukul Sangma government have already applied for party ticket to contest the elections.