HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president D. Srinivas has said that Backward Classes will get priority while selecting candidates for the next Assembly and Parliamentary elections.

“The Congress wants to see that no district in the State goes without BC representation while contesting the 2009 elections,” Mr. Srinivas told a meeting of the party’s OBC department here on Thursday.

He said the party would give tickets to eligible BC candidates who can win the elections. “Merely demanding 100 seats in the next elections is not enough. Every effort should be made to ensure victory of every nominee,” he advised.

Stating that the party was keen in encouraging more BCs to take active part in the programmes, Mr. Srinivas did not mince words in cautioning the cadres that they should not run after party posts. “Many leaders make a beeline seeking some party post hoping that they would one day bag a ticket to contest Assembly elections,” he added.

He made it clear that those who were desperate to secure party posts should keep away from party work. “We need cadres and leaders who are willing to take forward the party’s programmes and highlight the ongoing welfare and developmental works,” he remarked. The OBC department chairman J. Chittaranjan Das told reporters that the meeting passed two resolutions seeking 100 tickets in the next elections. The other demand was to create a separate ministry for OBC welfare.