Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala today clarified that no sitting MLAs would be given ticket to contest in the coming Lok Sabha elections. However, sitting MPs would be given preference while considering candidates.
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Discussions on candidate selection would begin on February 18, he said after the meeting of PCC presidents in Delhi. Rahul had instructed the state leadership to submit the candidate list from all states before February 25.
No two candidates would come from the same family. Congress would forge an alliance with CPM in Bengal. Quoting Bengal PCC president Somen Mitra, Ramesh said the image of Congress would be a priority while stitching the alliance. Congress would not have any truck with Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, but all doors for a possible alliance with Trinamool were not closed, he added.