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Gurdaspur bypoll: Sonia, Rahul to decide on Cong nominee

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today authorised party president and vice president to take the final call on the name of candidate for the Gurdaspur bypoll scheduled next month.

This was decided at a meeting of the party leaders from in the national capital.

Chief Minister party's affairs in-charge Asha Kumari and state chief Sunil Jakhar to discuss the by-

The meeting pondered over the political scenario in the constituency and options with respect to the selection of candidate.

"It was decided that, as in the February Assembly polls, the would stick to its policy of going with merit- based selection, with the final decision on candidature to vest with president and vice president Rahul Gandhi," a statement from the party said.

An official spokesperson said the three leaders were unanimous in their opinion that only popular candidates with a clean track record should be considered for the seat, which the party is confident of wresting from the BJP.

The Gurdaspur seat fell vacant in April after the untimely death of sitting BJP MP and actor Vinod Khanna.

Development will top the Congress' agenda for the by- election, the statement said.

The Commission had notified the by-on September 15. The polling will take place on October 11.

It was also decided that development works initiated by the Congress government in the state since coming to power in March would constitute the key campaign plank for the party.

Sources said the candidates being considered include PCC chief Sunil Jakhar, besides former Gurdaspur LS MP Pratap Singh Bajwa.

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First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 18:28 IST