Giving a push to generation next, Congress is looking forward to field young and fresh faces from the state unit of the Youth Congress in the general and Assembly elections due next year.According to sources, Krushna Allavaru, All India Congress Committee joint secretary and in-charge of Indian Youth Congress, interviewed nine possible Lok Sabha candidates and 35 aspirants to the Assembly early this week.Party sources the State unit of the Youth Congress has been pushing for new faces and with this in mind those interviewed for LS include Sujay Vikhe-Patil for Ahmadnagar South, Dr. Ketki Patil for Raver, Shiva Rao for Chandrapur, Naina Gavit for Dindori, Utkarsha Rupwate for Shirdi, and Rahul Thakre for Yavatmal-Washim.Second generation leaders were clearly keen on continuing the family tradition. While Mr. Vikhe-Patil is the son of Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Dr. Patil is the daughter of Congress leader Ulhas Patil, Ms. Gavit the daughter of Congress MLA Nirmala Gavit, Ms. Rupawate a granddaughter of veteran Ambedkarite Dadasaheb Rupwate, and Mr. Thakre the son of the party’s former State unit chief Manikrao Thakre.Among those interviewed for the Assembly were Dhiraj Deshmukh for Latur rural, Manoj Kayande for Deulgaonraj in Buldhana, Rahul Dive for Nasik central, Dr. Jitendra Dehade for Aurangabad west, Vishal Patil for Sangli city, Nishant Bhagat for Belapur, and Satyasheel Sherkar for Junnar. Mr. Deshmukh is the son of former CM late Vilasrao Deshmukh, while Mr. Patil is a grandson of former CM late Vasantdada Patil.“The party wants to promote new and young faces in the State. It is important that these youngsters come from the party background, and especially from party organisation. We are happy that large number of youth Congress workers have come forward to contest,” said a senior leader. However, not all the interviewees will have a smooth sailing as some of the seats belong to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and negotiations over seat sharing are yet to reach the final stage. The interview included questions to aspirants on the reasons for choosing the particular constituency and their plans on how to secure victory. “All these young leaders are working for the party tirelessly. We are sure that if given a ticket, they will bring in the new voter and take the party towards victory. Decision will be taken on candidate’s winnability and nothing else,” State Youth Congress president Satyajit Tambe-Patil.