A bitter Jagdish Tytler, who was pulled out of the Lok Sabha election race by his party, on Friday accused rivals within the Delhi Congress of scuttling his candidature.
Tytler, a four-time MP who does not share best of relations with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, however, did not want to name anybody specifically when asked if he was hinting at her.
"How can I tell the names," Tytler said when asked if he could identify the people.
"It is politically motivated. It is the Akalis and the BJP's campaign against me. Somebody in my party may be part of it...Somebody who does not like me played a trick. They painted me as a bad man," he told PTI in an interview.
Asked whether he thought Dikshit would be happy with the developments, he said, "You should ask her".
Dikshit has earlier said the 'negative impact' on poll prospects of Congress in Punjab and Delhi will 'no longer be there' following the withdrawal of the candidature.
Sources close to the Congress leader said that Tytler was bitter about the entire episode and felt that Dikshit was a major player and was behind the CBI clean chit to him just before the polls.
The sources said Tytler also wondered on the timing of the CBI moving the court as no one was expecting such a move so soon.