New Delhi: As Punjab Assembly Poll is drifting closer, the selection process of the Congress candidates has started. The party high command in the state has decided to follow Rahul Gandhi’s UP formula in making the list of candidates.

In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress applied Rahul’s suggestion in the selection of capable candidates and constituted a screening committee in this regard. This formula will be effective in Punjab also, as deluge of candidates have applied for tickets.

Union Congress leader CP Joshi said, “Applicants will have to come through a proper channel. The recommendations of district and state Congress Committee regarding selection of candidates will be given preference. There should be no more than 3 applicants for a single assembly seat.”

The Akali Dal has taken a lead by releasing its first list of candidates. The BJP has announced a big election rally on Saturday.