Senior Congress leaders who wanted tickets for their candidates seem to have been snubbed by the party. Tickets announced earlier were not changed despite the resignation of the leaders from party posts.
Clearly, the message is that the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) is not going to bow to any pressure tactics. First, Manak Agarwal resigned from the post of state vice-president, as tickets were not given to candidates of his choice in Hoshangabad and Itarsi.
However, despite his resignation from the post, the party didn't change its decision. Similarly, in Bhind, the party remained firm on its decision of tickets announced earlier. Dr Govind Singh's resignation from party vice-president post didn't have any affect. The same is true in the case of Premchand Guddu, former MP, who wanted ticket for a candidate of his choice in Mahindpur town. His demand was not accepted.
"The high command (Delhi) has given a signal that PCC has free-hand and there is no question of succumbing to any pressure tactics," said a party functionary. The party has also warned that if any party candidate doesn't leave the fray, and fights against the official party candidate, then he should consider himself out of the party.
Congress' chief spokesperson KK Mishra said there was transparency in ticket distribution. "It was on the basis of reports of 32 central observers and 1,200 state observers, that as many as 5,000 tickets of mayors, chairpersons and corporators were finalised. At district level, coordination committees were constituted and all the regions and sections have been given proper representation," Mishra added.
Syed Sajid Ali resigns, says Muslims not given adequate tickets
Senior Congress leader Syed Sajid Ali has resigned from all the party posts as he felt that Muslim community was ignored in ticket distribution. Sajid Ali resigned from the posts of party general secretary, election committee membership and also as a delegate in the PCC.
In a letter to PCC chief Arun Yadav, Sajid Ali wrote that he is tired of requesting to the party about giving representation to Muslims, and now feeling that justice has not been done, he is resigning from his posts in the party. "It was a genuine demand that Muslim candidates should be given tickets in regions where they have sizeable population. Unfortunately, this didn't happen and hence I took the decision," said Sajid Ali while talking to Hindustan Times.