Despite incessant bragging of internal democracy in their organizations and claims of wholeheartedly listening to the party workers, no party whether it’s BJP or Congress is ready to put their money on fresh faces.

Both Congress and BJP are on the same page when it comes to selecting candidates for the LS polls. The ticket distribution mechanism of both the national parties is miles different from what they try to portray.

Their tall claims of fielding young blood in the forthcoming elections have turned hollow. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s strategies are deemed to be party’s future policy. During his visit to Uttarakhand, Rahul had announced that the selection process of the candidates would be very democratic and transparent.

However, even after a stamp from the party high command, Rahul’s agenda isn’t visible on the ground level, as the party is banking on the old horses.

The issue of women’s participation in the general elections has been discussed extensively and Rahul himself has talked a lot about it. But the truth is that veterans in the party are still trusted more than young ticket hopefuls.

The claims of taking feedback about the activities of the old hands in their constituencies to evaluate their overall performance have also turned out to be just another gimmick.

The situation in BJP is more or less the same and the well-established names in the party are being expected to do the job in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The saffron party couldn’t muster enough courage to shift away from their traditional approach in Paudi, Nainital and Tehri Lok Sabha seats.

Particularly, Tehri seat has always seen a strong candidature from the royal family of the region and this time around, it wasn’t any different.

In the BJP, hardworking and disciplined workers have been given a cold shoulder over already established names, which they believe augur well for the party in the forthcoming elections. BJP has also seemingly shrugged off their prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s clear instruction to give youth more chance.


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