Congress to go it alone in civic polls

The Congress has decided to contest the upcoming civic polls alone to get a fair understanding of the party's organisational efficiency at the grassroots level ahead of the 2019 parliamentary and Assembly polls. Elections to all the 34 urban local bodies are likely to be held in March or April.

By Our Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 10.02.18
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State Congress in-charge RPN Singh in Ranchi on Friday. (Manob Chowdhary)

Ranchi: The Congress has decided to contest the upcoming civic polls alone to get a fair understanding of the party's organisational efficiency at the grassroots level ahead of the 2019 parliamentary and Assembly polls. Elections to all the 34 urban local bodies are likely to be held in March or April.

Jharkhand Congress in-charge R.P.N. Singh on Friday said the party had decided to fight the polls without any tie-ups. Singh, who arrived here on Wednesday night, held several meetings with workers and leaders on Thursday and chalked out strategies for campaigning and strengthening the party.

"The Congress will contest local body elections without seat-sharing or alliance with any party. Civic body elections are fought on local issues and the party has started working on it," Singh said at a news conference at the party headquarters on Friday.

He, however, clarified that the decision to contest the civic elections alone had nothing to do with next year's parliamentary and Assembly polls.

The Congress' state unit feels if the party carefully plans the poll strategy, the civic polls could be a golden opportunity to revive its electoral base.

Singh said the party would contest for the post of chairman, vice-chairman, mayor and deputy mayor of the local bodies. He directed leaders and workers to complete the grou-ndwork for elections latest by mid-March and start campaigning early to outmatch rivals.

"We will soon start screening of potential candidates," Singh said.