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New twist to choice of mayoral candidate

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 00:02 IST
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GIVING ANOTHER twist to the ongoing controversy over mayoral candidate, District Congress Committee (DCC) president Mahesh Dixit said that he was not in favour of cancellation of party ticket to former mayor Anil Sharma. He was addressing a press meet here on Tuesday. Dixit said: “The party high command generally fields sitting members and in that case candidature of Sharma should not have been cancelled.”  However, he was quick to add that this was his opinion. The decision of the party high command was binding to all.

Replying to a query, he said that the party high command had the authority to cancel the ticket of even a sitting MP or MLA.

Denying any groupism in the party, the DCC president said the party’s mayoral candidate had the support of all party members.

Replying to a query relating to non-conveying of information about the road-show of Union Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal to senior party leader Alok Mishra, Dixit said, “A formal letter was sent to Mishra informing about the road-show. The letter might have been misplaced.”

Scoffing at the allegations of money changing hands for distribution of tickets for corporators, Dixit, said,” If a single case of accepting money against him is proved then he will resign from the party and politics.”

He also rebuffed the allegations of promoting his family members and also playing a role in the allotment of party ticket to one of his relatives contesting for the corporators’ seat. 

Informing about the prominent personalities scheduled to campaign for the party mayoral candidate, Dixit stated film actor Shahbaz Khan and former BSP leader and now a Congress member Rashid Alvi would campaign on October 26 and 27.

He added that UPCC chief Salman Khursheed and senior leader Moshina Kidwai would campaign on October 26 and 28 respectively.

A route chart for the campaigning schedule of the Congress leaders has already been prepared.