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Row surrounds Cong mayoral candidate

CONTROVERSIES ARE mounting for the Congress mayoral candidate Badri Narayan Tewari as the elections to the local bodies draw near. The latest one to dog Tewari and the Congress is over the state general secretary of the party and Kalyanpur election coordinator Alok Mishra who was not formally invited for the road show of Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal, which hit the road on Friday.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 11:25 IST

CONTROVERSIES ARE mounting for the Congress mayoral candidate Badri Narayan Tewari as the elections to the local bodies draw near.

The latest one to dog Tewari and the Congress is over the state general secretary of the party and Kalyanpur election coordinator Alok Mishra who was not formally invited for the road show of Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal, which hit the road on Friday.

The faux pass has unleashed a slew of allegations and counter-allegations among members of the District Congress Committee (DCC).

Jaiswal, after the declaration of local bodies elections, held the reins of Tewari’s election campaign for the first time on Friday and led a road show from the party office, Tilak Hall. During the show all prominent leaders of the DCC and loyal to Jaiswal were present.

When the road show reached Kalyanpur after traversing through several areas of the city Jaiswal inquired about Alok Mishra’s absence. When Jaiswal telephoned him, it was then that Mishra came to know about the road show and the information about this not being conveyed to him.

However, when Jaiswal tried to reason it out with DCC president Mahesh Dixit and working president Nizam present during the road show he received no clear reply.

Talking to Hindustan Times Alok Mishra accused the DCC president Mahesh Dixit for deliberately insulting him by not informing him about the road show.

“The sole responsibility of informing about the campaigning schedule of Badri Narayan Tewari to party members lies on the DCC president Mahesh Dixit,” said Mishra.

“Being election coordinator of Kalyanpur Vidhan Sabha I should have been informed about the road show but Mahesh Dixit deliberately ignored me,” alleged Mishra.

“I have also written a letter to Mahesh Dixit expressing my anguish over the incident. But like a dedicated party worker I will continue to seek votes for Tewari,” asserted Mishra.

It may be pointed out that Badri Narayan Tewari’s candidature for the mayoral seat faced stiff opposition from a section of the party leaders who are at loggerhead with Jaiswal. It was at the personal insistence of Jaiswal that the Central leadership of the party decided to field Tewari for the mayoral seat.

Resentment against Tewari and Sriprakash Jaiswal has reached such an extent that some former MLAs and senior Congressmen are in touch with a senior Samajwadi Party leader of the city.

However, there is no possibility of these leaders switching over to SP but they are all-out to dent the winning prospects of the party candidate Badri Narayan Tewari to teach a lesson to Sriprakask Jaiswal.