Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari, Karti Chidambaram, Pradyut Bordoloi, and Abdul Khaleque seek that the list of PCC delegates that make up the electoral college be provided.
Five Congress MPs have written to the central election authority chief of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Madhusudan Mistry, expressing their concerns about the “transparency and fairness” of the party chief’s election. They seek that the list of PCC delegates that make up the electoral college be provided to all electors and potential candidates.
According to news agency PTI, Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari, Karti Chidambaram, Pradyut Bordoloi, and Abdul Khaleque, in a joint letter to Mistry dated September 6, sought that this list is made available to verify who is entitled to nominate a candidate and who is entitled to vote.
“In case the CEA (Central Election Authority) has any concerns with respect to releasing the electoral rolls publicly, it must put in place a mechanism to securely share this information with all electors and potential candidates,” the letter stated, as quoted by PTI.
The parliamentarians stated that electors and candidates cannot be expected to go to all 28 Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs) and nine union territorial units across the country to verify the electoral rolls.
They mentioned that as Congress MPs, they are concerned about the transparency of the election process for the president of the party.
“It is unfortunate that an erroneous interpretation is being given to our demand of releasing electoral rolls. We are not suggesting that any internal document of the party should be released in a manner that may give an opportunity to those who wish us ill to misuse the information contained therein,” the MPs said.
The Congress leaders stated they are of the firm opinion that the party’s CEA must provide a list of PCC delegates that make up the electoral college before the commencement of the nomination process.
According to them, providing the list will remove any unwarranted arbitrariness from the election process.
“As long as this demand is met, our concern about transparency – a sine qua non in any free and fair election – will be met,” the letter read, as per PTI.
The letter was sent after the party launched its ambitious ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ from Kanyakumari to Kashmir on Wednesday.
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