Nath dan­gles MP poll ticket bait to woo BJP lead­ers

The Asian Age - - Nation - RABINDRA NATH CHOUDHURY

Mad­hya Pradesh Con­gress chief Ka­mal Nath on Satur­day dan­gled ticket bait to woo Bharatiya Janata Party lead­ers to his party ahead of Novem­ber 28 Assem­bly elec­tions in the state.

“Con­gress will give tick­ets to the can­di­dates with win­ning prospects even though they join the party from BJP. Win­ning prospects of the can­di­dates will be the sole cri­te­ria to get party ticket,” said Mr Nath.

Mr Nath’s an­nounce­ment was in sharp con­trast to prom­ise made re­cently by Con­gress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi that only party’s grass root level lead­ers would be con­sid­ered for nom­i­na­tion in the com­ing Assem­bly elec­tions in the state.

“Para­chute land­ing lead­ers ( mean­ing lead­ers who join Con­gress from other par­ties) will not be con­sid­ered for party ticket. I will cut down the para­chute to trip their land­ing ( mean­ing at­tempt to get ticket),” Mr Gandhi had ear­lier de­clared.

Mr Nath’s u- turn on the stated pol­icy on el­i­gi­bil­ity for Con­gress ticket as was in­di­cated by Mr Gandhi has raised eye­brows in party cir­cle here.

“Mr Nath is try­ing to woo BJP lead­ers to the party by throw­ing bait of ticket. But, this will not go down well with the party cadres,” a se­nior Con­gress leader told this news­pa­per re­quest­ing anonymity.

In­ci­den­tally, rul­ing BJP took a dig at Mr Nath for “giv­ing open in­vi­ta­tion” to BJP lead­ers to join Con­gress. “It is now clear that Con­gress is frus­trated over its dim­ming prospects in the com­ing Assem­bly elec­tions in MP be­cause of non- avail­abil­ity of suit­able can­di­dates in the party. That is why Mr Nath was try­ing to woo the BJP lead­ers to the party with the prom­ise of giv­ing them tick­ets,” said a BJP leader.

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