Indore: Inspired by the US- type primaries, the Congress has started process to select its candidate for Indore Lok Sabha seat. Congress election observers Sanjay Chorkar and Amit Sharma reached the city from New Delhi on Wednesday and undertook the multi- stage process for election of party candidate. Under this new system for ticket distribution, the party workers will vote for applicants for the seat and the candidate with the highest votes will get the ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections.
Chorkar said that party vice- president Rahul Gandhi adopted this new system and identified 15 constituencies where it would be implemented on pilot project basis. In Madhya Pradesh, Indore and Mandsaur are among the 15 constituencies. “ Indore will be the third constituency where the primaries system will be introduced after Kolkata North and Guwahati,” Sharma said. Shedding light on the primaries system, Sharma said they would form an electoral college of booth, block and district level workers in all the eight assembly constituencies in Indore.
The workers then will vote for applicants and the higher vote getter will be awarded ticket. The selection process will be transparent, Sharma added. The elected candidate would have to take on seven times MP from Indore constituency and senior leader of BJP, Sumitra Mahajan. Take note: the BJP senior leader LK Advani had already declared that Mahajan would contest the election from Indore. Her bete noire in the party, Urban Administration and Development Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya had also stated that he was not in the race for ticket and that Mahajan should get ticket from Indore.
The Congress believes that there is antiincumbency wave against Mahajan and if fielded a strong candidate against her the party may win the seat this time. Why Indore and Mandsaur were selected for UStype primaries system? Sharma answered: “ It was a random selection. If the new formula worked, it may be implemented for all the seats and all the elections.”
Though the Congress is claiming that the 15 constituencies across the country were selected randomly, it is believed that these constituencies were among the ones where party was sure of its defeat in the coming elections. If insiders in the Congress are to be believed, sitting MP from Mandsaur Meenakshi Natrajan, who is facing strong anti- incumbency at her constituency, herself offered to introduce the new system in Mandsaur so that the blame of defeat, if suffered, is not onto her.