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Ahead of HP polls, Congress makes it mandatory for candidates to furnish property, criminal details

Written by Ashwani Sharma
| Shimla |
Published:September 29, 2017 10:35 pm


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The Congress on Friday launched a performa forward of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, making it mandatory for candidates enthusiastic about contesting the elections to expose details of their property, sources of earnings — self in addition to relations — and data on any offences dedicated, FIRs towards them, pending trials or convictions. The performa was launched on the identical day Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh arrived in New Delhi to meet get together president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

With the Congress nonetheless attempting to attain a compromise between Singh and state get together chief Sukhwinder Sukhu, it is speculated that the discharge of the performa was the latter’s hardball to Singh. The Chief Minister is at present being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a disproportionate belongings case and a cash laundering case respectively. Last month, Singh made it clear he wouldn’t share the stage with Sukhu.

“From tomorrow, anyone interested in contesting the next Assembly election on the party’s ticket — small or big leader — will have to apply on an approved performa along with a fee of Rs 25000. Those falling in the SC/ST category will pay only Rs 15000. Those in IRDP category will not be required to pay any application fee,” Sukhu mentioned. The final day for submitting purposes is October 5.

The performa requires candidates to declare data relating to relations, affiliation and membership within the Congress, the quantity of elections contested on a celebration ticket, whether or not the candidate has been expelled for anti-party actions, amongst different issues.

The second web page of the performa reads, for occasion, “Have you or your family members been convicted for any offence or any case/FIR which has been filed against you. If yes, please give details below and enclose details report along with this form.”

“I am just doing my job and I remain fully accountable to the high command for all my actions/inactions and effort/non-efforts to strengthen the party. The chief minister is the most respected Congress leader, enjoying a high stature. I never challenged his position, and standing in the state. Yes, there are differences between us on some issues, but it will be resolved before the polls,” Sukhu mentioned, when requested concerning the Singh’s place towards him.

When requested who would be the face of the get together forward of the polls, Sukhu added, “… as chief minister it is certainly Virbhadra Singh ji who is prime face of the Congress, having led the government.” He added, “Similarity, as PCC president, I am there as the organisational chief. Unitedly, we will lead the party to the polls.”

Sukhu rejected Singh’s suggestion that solely an elected particular person can head the get together. He mentioned, “I am also elected as delegate of the AICC as is the chief minister. I have gone through a hard and long struggle to reach this post.”

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