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Moily plays down reports of his removal as AICC media head

Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Saturday sought to down play reports of his removal as head of the AICC media cell, saying the charge being given to another leader was "an internal administrative arrangement" by the party.

india Updated: May 09, 2009 14:49 IST

Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Saturday sought to down play reports of his removal as head of the AICC media cell, saying the charge being given to another leader was "an internal administrative arrangement" by the party.

"I have not received any letter to this effect (on his removal)" said Moily whose remarks against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar are believed to have annoyed the party leadership, which is trying to woo the JD (U) leader.

The former Karnataka Chief Minister, who has contested the Chikballapur Lok Sabha seat, told PTI "I don't know what they will do after the polls".

Moily initially said, "I have no reaction" but later added "it is an internal administrative arrangement by the Congress whenever a candidate goes for an election."

Terming media reports on his removal as "mischievous news planted by someone," he said the party order making AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi temporary in-charge was issued on March 31.

"As I have been selected as a candidate from Chikkaballapur, somebody has to be in-charge of the media cell. Dwivedi was put in temporary in-charge", he said.

Moily, however, evaded a reply when asked whether he would go to New Delhi after the election results to take over as Congress Media cell convenor. He said he would be in Delhi on May 17.

Asked whether his remarks on the JD (U) leader had cost him his job, he said, "it has nothing to do with Nitish Kumar. Nitish Kumar is not part of our party".

Moily had also irked RJD leader Lalu Prasad and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan by his remarks on their skipping the cabinet meeting in the capital last evening.