Dikshit is okay with family-first political formula


Panaji : Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Friday did not rule out a family-first electoral ticket distribution formula for polls in the years to come in the national capital.

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Dikshit, who is campaigning for the Congress in the poll-bound Goa, said if the voters here gave an electoral mandate to 12 members of five families who are contesting on party tickets, a similar strategy could be replicated in Delhi.

“Depends…(It) depends if there are applications like that…It just so happens that that is not so in Delhi. It may happen, but can’t say,” Dikshit said.

She was asked if Goa’s family-first formula could be replicated in Delhi, where she has been chief minister for three consecutive terms.

The Delhi chief minister, whose son is a Congress MP from the national capital, said she was not against the formula.

“If doctors’ children become doctors, lawyers’ children become lawyers, teachers’ children become teachers, then why should not politicians’ children take up politics?”

She, however, stressed that one cannot just become a politician and for that one had to be “accepted by the people”.

“It depends if they are accepted by the people or rejected by them.”

The BJP has said the Congress allotting 12 of its 33 poll tickets to family members of sitting legislators would be one of its major campaign points for the March 3 assembly elections in the state.

The Congress is contesting 33 seats in the 40-member state legislative assembly, while seven are being contested by its alliance partner, the Nationalist Congress party (NCP).