Cong's Primary System to Make a Comeback in Mumbai Civic Polls

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's much-hyped primary system of selecting candidates and then giving them tickets to contest the Lok Sabha polls might not have worked in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. However, the system is set to make a return this time for the Mumbai civic elections which is just seven months away.
Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam is set to replicate the system by having all the 227 candidates of the Congress getting tickets through the primary system, which means grassroots Congress workers would decide who would be the best candidate for contesting in a ward.
Nirupam added the move to have the primary system has the `consent' of Congress vice-president.The challenge though for Nirupam is that there are more than four different factions in the Mumbai Congress who would thwart this move as holding primaries would mean that they would not be able to get tickets to their close supporters. To take them into confidence, Nirupam claims that he has already written a letter to these leaders asking them to share their views on selecting the candidates through primaries.
Congress leaders said this is not the only thing that the party is trying to do differently. It has brought in analysts who have studied the election results of past few years and have predicted that the Congress has a chance of winning in 108 seats if it gets it demography, candidate and campaign right.

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