New Delhi: In a bid to change the face of the Congress, many new and young faces are being inducted into the party with a view to contest the Lok Sabha elections. The move came even as many old faces are being moved to the Rajya Sabha.
Union Social Welfare Minister Kumari Selja is being asked to quit and file nomination for the Rajya Sabha from Haryana. Ahead of the general elections, Selja will be working for the party in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections.
Sources said Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi wanted first timers and young faces to replace many sitting MPs especially those who are unpopular. The Congress aim is to counter anti-incumbency and send fresh faces in place of sitting MPs.
There is also a fear in many sitting MPs that it will be difficult for them to make a comeback as the Congres sbattles a hot os issues including corruption, price rise, policy paralysis, poor governance and weak leadership.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and Madhusudan Mistry are being sent to Rajya Sabha so that they can concentrate on party work.
Sanjay Singh, the MP from Sultanpur, has been nominated by the party from Assam to ensure that his anger doesn't give the Aam Aadmi Party an edge in Amethi, where Rahul is likely to contest Lok Sabha polls.
Former Union minister Murli Deora and former Maharashtra minister Hussain Dalwai have also filed their nominations for the Rajya Sabha. Both leaders have been re-nominated for third and second term respectively.
Congress has re-nominated three of its Rajya Sabha members, namely, KVP Ramachandra Rao, MA Khan and T Subbarami Reddy. All these MPs are from Andhra Pradesh.