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Alva resigns, Makwana echoes ticket sale charge

Vinod Sharma & Saroj Nagi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 11, 2008
First Published: 01:45 IST(11/11/2008) | Last Updated: 02:24 IST(11/11/2008)

Margaret alva is believed to have sent her resignation as Congress general secretary to Sonia Gandhi late on Monday.

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Her move came after she met A.K. Antony, chairman of the Disciplinary Action Committee regarding her charges about sale of tickets in Karnataka.

Although the party has refused to investigate Alva’s allegations, they are beginning to resound in other quarters of the Congress as well.

Another party functionary — Yogendra Makwana, who is set to quit the party — charged that at least two SC women aspirants for tickets from Rajasthan had made a similar complaint to him.

“A candidate from Bara constituency in Rajasthan told me an AICC leader demanded Rs. 80 lakh from her to get her a ticket. Another candidate from Alwar complained she was asked to give Rs. 40 lakh,’’ said Makwana who heads the AICC’s scheduled caste department.

He refused to name the women or the leaders who sought money but maintained that there must be “something substantial” for Alva to have said what she did. He demanded an inquiry into her charges.

Once part of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi’s cabinets, Makwana now claims to feel suffocated in the party he has been with since 1969. Busy drafting a letter to Sonia, he alleged a coterie in the Congress, was not afraid of disciplinary action and saw little use for his department as not one of the 30 names he proposed for the assembly polls was accepted.

There was no word of what transpired in Alva’s meeting with Antony. But in a damage-control exercise, the party rejected her allegations of tickets sale and ruled out a probe into it. “There is no truth in the allegations so the question of a probe does not arise, ’’ said spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan.  


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