Bhopal: In tune with Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's drive to bring intra party democracy in Congress, Madhya Pradesh unit of its youth wing would undergo voting for various posts on May 12.

The to-be-held election has also witnessed a new campaigning trend using mobile technology with the candidates asking votes even through SMS.

Like other states, MP has been following the earlier norms for appointing candidates based on the party high command’s decision. But, this will be the first time when the selection will be made through secret ballot.

The preparations for the election of Youth Congress leaders have been going on for the past six months. Polling for Panchayat committee, nagar Panchayat committee, ward committee, Lok Sabha and Legislative constituency representatives has already been completed.

In total, 28 candidates are in the fray for the post of the state president of Youth Congress. The list includes MLA Priyavrat Singh, former general secretary Virendra Dwivedi, former NSUI president Rashmi Pawar and Sehore district president Harpal Singh. However, Priyavrat and Dwivedi are the two top contenders.

At least 4000 voters will decide the fate of the candidates standing for the posts. After the elections, a 10-member committee will be constituted, which will include the elected president, vice-president and eight general secretaries. Three out of eight posts for general secretaries will be set aside for general category and rest five will be kept for the reserved category.

On May 12, Lok Sabha heads and their executives will also be determined. It may be noted that the procedure of electing candidates was first started in Punjab which was followed by many states.

The tenure for the newly elected executive will be two and half years.

One of the candidates Priyavrat Singh said, “The major aim of this procedure is the appointment of candidates with a clean image. Another reason is to bring them into active issue-based politics.”

During the elections, Priyavrat said, several problems were faced by the candidates but possibly all these issues will be taken care of from the next time onwards.

Praising Rahul Gandhi, he said, “Our motive is to fulfill his objectives and thus the elections will take place on his instructionsz.

He also revealed that in future candidates will be selected from the Panchayat level as well. On being asked what will be his next step if he faces defeat for the post of president, he replied that he would not hesitate in getting into the shoes of general secretary if a chance so arises.

JPN/Bureau