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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Rajasthan MLA quits from Cong over ‘lack of democracy’

HT Correspondent  Jaipur, March 11, 2014
First Published: 23:37 IST(11/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:41 IST(11/3/2014)

A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Deoli (Tonk), party MLA from Sardarshahar, Bhanwar Lal Sharma on Tuesday quit from the party over “the lack of democracy”.

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“I am feeling suffocated since last few days. Whether it is Rahul Gandhi, Pilot or the leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi, all of them are nominated not elected. Dudi is a first time MLA and Pilot is Gandhi’s man. Senior leaders are not consulted. I have been six times MLA but none consulted me when the Churu ticket was discussed,” Sharma said.

Sharma sent his resignation through fax to party president Sonia Gandhi. “If required, I might resign as MLA, along with four or five others,” claimed Sharma.

While he claims party tickets were being ‘sold’, a senior Congress leader said Sharma had been cosying up to the BJP and had even given Rahul Gandhi’s rally a miss to meet chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

Sharma has alleged that the Churu Lok Sabha seat ticket was sold for `22 crore.


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