Congress’s proposal of one family, one ticket may face ‘internal constraints’
But the party may face hurdles in this transition as many senior leaders have their sons and daughters in politics and are also hopeful of an election ticket or an organizational position in the party for them.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge’s son is a politician in Karnataka, similarly former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is an MLA and his son Deepinder Hooda is a Rajya Sabha MP. There are also two in the Gandhi family – party president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, both members of the Lok Sabha.
The Congress subgroup has recommended giving only one ticket per family so that big leaders do not hoard party tickets and do not give space to the true working people.
However, the party recently flouted this rule in Goa and Uttarakhand.
But sources say the party may adopt this formula with a change in one election, one ticket – or that no other member of a candidate’s family will get a ticket in that assembly election. Though Chintan Shivir could come up with more clarity on this.
Party leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh had said on Monday that Chintan Shivir is not the destination of the Congress, but a milestone.
He said that the camp is being organized not to draft the manifesto but to prepare an action plan to revive and strengthen the Congress so that it can deal with the current political and organizational challenges.
Heads of various departments of Congress, office bearers, former Union ministers and MPs will all participate in the Chintan Shivir. A total of 422 members will be present in the camp, of which 30-35 percent will be youth and 21 percent will be women.