NEW DELHI :  The guidelines drawn up by the Congress leadership for selection of candidates in the upcoming Assembly elections in four states makes it clear that those who worked against the party candidates in the last Lok Sabha elections shall be denied the party ticket.

The guidelines spelled out by Congress screening committee chairman P C Chacko for Haryana at a meeting of the Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) here on Monday, are most likely to be followed also in other poll-bound states of Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

Indications are there that the Election Commission may announced the poll dates as early as next week and the Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections may be completed before Diwali on October 23, while the Jammu and Kashmir elections held separately in November-December.

The Congress has asked the state units to hurry up with recommendation of the candidates as the election dates may be announced any time, a party general secretary said.

The guidelines laid down for the Haryana unit not to recommend the candidates that may be followed in other states include those who lost the assembly polls in a row twice or lost the previous election with over 20,000 votes or lost their deposits or secured third positions. The sitting MLAs are to be considered only in terms of their winnability.

While those coming third in the last elections are to be avoided, but exception may be made if the difference is less than five per cent in the votes polled by him and the winner. The guidelines also lay down that preference will be given to the local candidates and women, ensuring that those selected have a clean record.

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