...Will not project CM candidates
The Congress will not project its chief ministerial candidate in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram going to the polls in the next two months.
Responding to a question whether the Congress will project Dalit CM candidates in these states, the party spokesman P.C. Chacko said we are not projecting any chief ministerial candidate in these state Assembly elections. We are projecting the party and the party programmes, he said.
While chief ministers Sheila Dikshit and Ashok Gehlot are leading the electoral battle in Delhi and Rajasthan from the front, this issue is serious in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, the central election committee of the Congress is expected to meet on Thursday to shortlist the party nominees for the Chhattisgarh Assembly.
Mr Chacko also sought to dismiss the claims in a book that Sonia Gandhi wants to retire from politics when she turns 70 in 2016.
“I have no idea. I have not read the report...... Gandhi has been a very effective and a far-sighted leader. Nobody’s prediction we have seen,” he told reporters. Replying to another question Mr Chacko said there is no threat to Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy despite being questioned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the solar panel scam.
“Will anybody resign for no reason? He is one of the most popular chief ministers. Why you want him to resign? There is no single allegation... against him,” Mr Chacko told reporters here. In an oblique dig at the BJP, the Congress has said the concept that obstructions prove that the Opposition is doing a good job is misplaced.