Poll tickets to party loyalists and leaders connected to people: Oscar Fernandes

All India Congress Committee (AICC)'s Central Election Authority chief Oscar Fernandes said on Sunday the party was fully geared up for the Punjab Assembly elections due in less than a year. He said the party's choice of candidates would be the leaders who had been loyal to the party, connected to the people and had the capacity to win.

Fernandes was in the city to preside over a seminar on HIV-AIDS, organised by the Universal Surbhi Organisation (USO), where he spoke about the need to make concerted efforts to create awareness about the disease and 'Save the Girl Child' programmes.

He interacted with local Congress leaders after the function. Talking to the media later, he said the party structure in the state would be further strengthened to face the elections. "This is a crucial election for us and we are confident of returning to power," he said.

Accompanied by Congress MLA O P Soni, former MLAs Jasbir Singh Dimpa, Jugal Kishore Sharma and District Congress Committee chief S R S Lally Majithia, he said the UPA government had set new trends in legislating and implementing the pro-poor and pro-common man policies, especially in health, education and employment sectors.

Lally Majithia took Fernandes to the DCC (Rural) office where he interacted with party workers and leaders and exhorted them to take the policies of the Central government to the masses. He said the poverty alleviation programmes of the UPA government had been appreciated throughout the world.

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