The impact of the horrifying Hathras case is being felt even on the Bihar assembly elections with the Congress postponing the announcement of its list of candidates for the upcoming polls with some of its prominent leaders asserting that tickets should not be given to tainted candidates.
The Congress election committee is yet to release its list of candidates.
One of the reasons for the delay, is that the names of some prospective candidates such as Brajesh Pandey have been tainted with allegations of rape and crimes against women, attracting howls of protests from several leaders, most notably senior Congress leader and former Union minister Girija Vyas.
As reported by Times Now, the tickets for candidates for the Harnaut, Sultanganj, Hisua and Tekari constituencies have been held back for similar reasons, anticipating a backlash from voters.
Senior Congress leaders Tariq Anwar and Sushmita Dev have also said that the party should not award tickets to leaders accused of offences such as rape.
Dev has been strongly advocating against the party fielding candidates who have such charges against them.
With Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra leading the campaign against Yogi Adityanath, senior party leaders are of the view that awarding tickets to tainted leaders may boomerang and erode the moral high ground the Grand Old Party has acquired on the Hathras incident.
Inputs included from Times now news.