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Cong women seek LS pie

Ranchi, Feb. 3: The state Women Congress has recommended three names as possible candidates from different constituencies for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Party sources revealed that the state women wing president Abha Sinha had already sent a list — comprising names of Ritika Mukhi, Manju Hembrom and Deepika Pandey Singh from Chaibasa, Rajmahal and Godda parliamentary constituencies, respectively — to the central leadership for considerations.

In fact, Women Congress national president Sobha Ojha has sought recommendations from all states following an instruction from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who wants a fair representation of women in the coming general elections.

Abha Sinha refused to reveal the names of aspiring women candidates at this juncture. “We will fight together for our share in electoral politics. Even Rahulji has stressed the need of fair representation of women in the elections. We hope, our voices would be heard,” she added.

Sources said state women wing leaders, during a meeting in Delhi on January 29, had made a request to Rahul for at least 30 per cent tickets in the Lok Sabha polls.

State Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat, however, said the party was willing to give due share to strong women candidates in the Lok Sabha elections.

“Winability is an important factor. So, I hope, potential leaders will be given a chance to perform,” he added.

Among the three recommended names, Deepika Pandey, currently a national general secretary of the All Indian Youth Congress, is apparently the strongest candidate.

She was the only face from Jharkhand to have found a place in the list of probables prepared by central Congress leader Madhusudan Mistri in 2012.

Nevertheless, getting a party ticket from Godda constituency — generally reserved for minority community — is not going to be easy for her. Apart from former MP Furkan Ansari, national president of All Indian Weavers’ Congress Hasina Ansari is aspiring for a party ticket from the constituency.

Rahul visit

Congress national vice-president Rahul Gandhi will arrive in the state on Friday and interact with youths, women and tribals to understand issues that will be crucial in the coming general elections.

Rahul, who is coming on a daylong trip, is likely to visit Hazaribagh and the state capital only.

State Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat said Rahul would arrive in a special flight at Hazaribagh around 9am on February 7. “Details of his programmes are still awaited. But, as per a tentative plan, he will interact with tribal women, minority people and youths,” Bhagat said.

Rahul will touch down at Nagwa aerodrome, 5km from Hazaribagh headquarters.


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