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Cong refers Alva remarks to key panel

Congress leader Margaret Alva has landed herself in trouble, with the party referring her allegations, that tickets were sold in the Karnataka assembly polls, to the party’s Disciplinary Action Committee, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2008 01:54 IST
Saroj Nagi

Congress leader Margaret Alva has landed herself in trouble, with the party referring her allegations, that tickets were sold in the Karnataka assembly polls, to the party’s Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC).

“The DAC chairman has been asked to look into it,’’ said M Veerappa Moily from the Congress.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony heads the high-profile panel; it includes Pranab Mukherjee, Motilal Vora, Sushilkumar Shinde and Urmila Singh. The panel will investigate whether Alva’s remarks were an act of indiscipline or not.

Alva accused her party of “double standards’’ in denying tickets to relatives (including her son) in Karnataka, while accommodating kin of other leaders in the upcoming polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Sources said the reference

to the panel could have come only with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s consent.