LS polls candidates will be finalise by Feb-end: Congress

HYDERABAD: The Congress is likely finalised the Lok Sabha polls candidates by February-end, said party president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday.

At the nearly three-hour meeting at the party headquarters with AICC general secretaries and in-charges of various states, campaign strategies and alliances were also discussed.

At a strategy session, Rahul said new faces should be brought in place of leaders, over those who have lost the elections 2-3 times.

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“I met with our AICC General Secretaries and State In Charges at the AICC HQ this evening. Our discussions covered a wide range of subjects. The team is match ready and we will play on the front foot…,” tweeted Gandhi after the meeting.

Rahul asked his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia, the newly appointed Uttar Pradesh in-charge to strengthen the party in the state in “mission-mode”.

AICC in charge of organization, KV Venugopal said the Congress chief has directed leaders to ensure that the campaign should be a ‘decent’ and ‘solid’ one, and “not like the BJP”.

“We have discussed preparedness of the party for Lok Sabha polls 2019. The need for a mechanism at the central level to monitor the campaign in various states was also discussed at the meeting,” said Venugopal.