"Congress has no such tradition like (of announcing) chief ministerial candidate. If few persons have become chairmen of some committees, then there is nothing new in it. One should remember that I was also the chairman of a campaign committee in 2008, but was not a claimant for the CM’s post," Ajay told.

"Like that only, Scindiaji has got the job of campaign committee chief. Arun Yadav, Prem Chand Guddu, Suresh Pachouri and I too have got the post. These posts are meant for election management and making entire arrangements," he said.

"Becoming chairman of a committee doesn't mean that you become a claimant for the CM’s post. In Congress, it depends on the MLAs and the party high command. Congress had no such tradition earlier and not even today," the leader clarified.

The MP Assembly elections are slated later this year. On the party not announcing its candidates despite Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi stating earlier that they would be declared till July 31, Ajay said the process for finalizing candidates started late.

"I think, majority of the tickets will be announced before Dussehra festival," he added. However, no quota-permit system would prevail and only those capable of winning the polls will be given the tickets, he stressed.

Referring to rumours that some Congress MLAs/leaders might join the BJP in the run-up to the polls, he claimed "a season of leaving and joining parties is going on. Two to four ministers are also in touch with us."

On the BJP's allegation that by appointing Scindia, the party has distrusted a tribal (state Congress president Kantilal Bhuria), Ajay retorted by asking Chouhan to explain why the government had not appointed former Union minister Faggan Singh Kulaste as the party president earlier.

Reacting to BJP's claim that it had changed the face of the state during its nine years in power, Ajay said they should see the condition of roads to get an answer.

(Agencies)

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