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Margaret Alva may be in trouble

india Updated: Nov 07, 2008 15:31 IST
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AICC General Secretary Margaret Alva, who created a flutter by alleging sale of party nominations in recent assembly polls in Karnataka, could be in for trouble.

Party sources on Friday said that Alva's case could be referred to the Central Disciplinary Action Committee of the party headed by Defence Minister AK Antony.

Alva, who has been sulking since her son Nivedith was not given nomination in Karnataka elections, had created an embarrassment for the party on Thursday as she alleged adoption of "different yardsticks" in deciding party nominations for upcoming elections in six states.

She had wondered why her son and grandson of former Union Minister C K Jaffer Sharief were not given nominations while relatives of two dozen leaders were given tickets in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.

"Were my son and Jaffer Sharief's grandson anti-national, terrorists or smugglers?" Alva had asked. She is also apparently upset over the appointment of her bete noire R V Deshpande as state party chief.

AICC General Secretary Prithviraj Chavan, who is in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka and who appeared to be in Alva's firing line, has already dismissed her charges as "unsubstantiated and born out of frustration".

Chavan had said "as long as Alva is General Secretary, I will not comment on her unfortunate statement. Since she is General Secretary of the party, any decision on it will be taken by the Congress high command and Central Disciplinary Action Committee".

Antony, when asked for a reaction on the Alva issue at a Defence Ministry function here today, merely said politics should not be mixed with issues relating to defence.

"No politics in defence. It is matter of defence function. In the last two years (that I have been Defence Minister) I have not mixed defence and politics," he said.