Even as he had some praise for the functioning of the present government in Haryana led by the two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice president, Rahul Gandhi, handed down a warning of sorts that the party leaders should not take their tickets for granted.

Asking the legislators to reach out to the electorate and emphasising the need to work among the common people, Mr Gandhi reiterated that Congress leaders must give up their “VIP culture”.

These were some of observations and remarks by Mr Gandhi who held a few rounds of discussion with rank and file of the Congress Party and its frontal organisations at the Indradhanush Stadium in Panchkula.

Mr Gandhi shared his roadmap for the party, where emphasis was being laid at strengthening the party as the grass-root level, through appropriate participation in the Panchayati Raj institutions.

He clarified that allocation of party ticket for the next elections would based on a feedback from every constituency to ascertain each MLA's performance.

‘Sitting MLA’

The “sitting MLA” criterion may no longer ensure a ticket for the next elections, he pointed.