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Guj Congress to start candidate selection process for LS polls

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The in will soon start candidate selection process for the upcoming Lok Sabha contest in a bid to score the first-mover advantage over the rival BJP, which had whitewashed the opposition party in Narendra Modi's home turf by winning all 26 seats in the 2014 polls.

At a meeting of party leaders held here Friday, it was decided that the candidate selection process will be initiated soon and names of the probables will be submitted to the party high-command, who will take a final call on the timing to release the list, a said.

The is aggressively reworking its poll strategy against the backdrop of the humiliating drubbing of 2014.

In the assembly elections held in in 2017, the improved its tally to 77 seats restricting the to 99 seats.

A senior Congress said after the meeting that the party will now concentrate on winning booths in each of 26 seats, and will appoint electoral "page-presidents" to achieve this goal.

It seems the Congress is taking a cue from its rival, which had introduced the 'electoral roll page president' or "panna pramukh" mechanism to connect with voters.

At the Friday meeting, Congress leaders also decided to invite to launch the party campaign in Gujarat in the second week of February, said

"The process to select candidates and form a panel of names for each seat will be completed as soon as possible," he said.

Doshi said the names of probable candidates will be submitted to the party high-command who will take a call on releasing the list.

The also said the party has assigned responsibility of each constituency to specific persons.

told reporters the party will concentrate on winning booths in constituencies as part of its gameplan to make a comeback.

"By the end of this month, party workers will be given responsibility of booths. Going beyond booths, we intend to appoint 'page presidents'," Chavda said Friday.

Page presidents, who will be assigned a page of the electoral roll each, are supposed to stay in touch with the voters on their lists and motivate them to for the Congress.

Interestingly, the page in-charge mechanism was first introduced by

Under this model, the party assigns a page of the electoral roll each to a 'panna pramukh' or page in-charge who is the first point of contact for most voters in a given constituency. The page in-charge's job is to build rapport with the voters on their lists and motivate them to for the BJP.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 11:06 IST