Congress ticket was sold in Karnataka polls: Alva

November 6th, 2008 - 10:44 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Margaret Alva has said that the ticket distribution for the Karnataka assembly elections in May 2008 was bungled and some party leaders even took money to select candidates.“Some people sold tickets in Karnataka, but these people lost elections,” Alva said in an interview to the NDTV India news channel Thursday.

Alva said guidelines for ticket distribution were flouted in Karnataka and people from outside the state made selections.

“I am saying this openly that those who didn’t have knowledge of the constituencies or the local sentiments ended up deciding candidates (in Karnataka). When it comes to their own states, they say we are the leaders, we will decide…Why was this principle not implemented in Karnataka?”

She said such practices will not be allowed in the six states going to polls in November-December.

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