ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Economy-Into the Twenty-first Century, with the All American Cigarette

Congress(I) New Face of Loyalty THE list of Congress(I) candidates for next month's elections to the eleven state assemblies and the Union Territory of Pondicherry does not show much evidence of the ten guidelines for selection of candidates having been observed. The more important among the guidelines were that persons with a 'clean image' should be chosen, that weightage should be given to 'professionals' (those who, as a party spokesman explained, had not adopted politics as their profession) and to those between 25 and 45 years of age (who, it was stated, should comprise 60 per cent of the nominees) and that approximately 20 per cent of nominees should be women. MLAs who were thought to be communal and casteist and those from whose constituencies the party candidates had lost in the parliamentary elections were not to be re-nominated. Even the cases of those in whose constituencies the party candidates'' winning margins were reduced were to be carefully reviewed. Of course, the Congress(I) President, who happens to be Rajiv Gandhi, was authorised to "make an exception in any case".

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