General secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and president of the NCP Kisan Sabha Govindrao Adik has said that the party will field candidates in as many as constituencies as possible for the urban local body (ULB) elections in Karnataka.
Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, he said that he had been visiting various places in the State and the response had been overwhelming. “We want to field candidates in all constituencies, and have given district presidents the power to select the candidates. They are preparing a list, which will be ready in a day or two,” he said.
Candidates with a clean image and who believed in the party’s ideology would be given the party ticket, he added.
He clarified that candidates who wanted to join the NCP just because they could not get ticket from other political parties were not welcome. “We want people who will dedicate themselves to strengthening the party, not those who just want the party ticket,” he said.
Mr. Adik admitted that the party was yet to involve itself with various activities aimed at benefiting the common people in Karnataka. “The election is an opportunity to build the cadre for the party,” he said. The NCP will tie up with the Janata Dal (United) in the elections.
NCP State president Mahendrakumar Gowda said the party had around 60,000 members in the State, out of which around 20,000 were active.