Congress wastes no time in redistributing ‘Alva states’

November 12th, 2008 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday quickly swung into action after dropping senior leader Margaret Alva from key positions in the party and distributed the states she was responsible for to others.Defence Minister A.K. Antony will be in charge of Maharashtra and Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes gets Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram, which goes to the polls Dec 2, said All India Congress Committee secretary Tom Vadakkan.

Besides, veteran leader Motilal Vora will be in charge of Haryana. Another senior leader, Mohsina Kidwai, will be in charge of Punjab and Chandigarh.

Alva was Wednesday dropped from the post of general secretary as well as the Congress Working Committee and the Central Election Committee after she was accused of indiscipline on the grounds that she had gone public with her allegation that party nominations were “sold” during the Karnataka elections.

Last week, Alva had alleged in an interview that “different yardsticks” were being implemented in deciding party nominations for upcoming elections in six states.

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