Alva was overcome by motherly feelings (Political Prattle)November 18th, 2008 - 9:45 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Motherly feelings took precedence over party responsibilities in the case of Margaret Alva, who was divested of the Congress general secretary’s post after alleging that tickets for the Karnataka assembly elections earlier this year were “sold”, a party functionary claimed Tuesday.Having said this, All India Mahila Congress president Prabha Singh Thakur was showered with questions by reporters to say more on the issue but she clammed up, given the sensitivity of the topic, and deflected it to Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.
Alva’s son was denied a Congress ticket in Karnataka, prompting her to say in an interview that not only were tickets “sold”, but that “different yardsticks” were being applied in deciding party nominees for the six states where polls are being held.
Alva, a former minister who was a Congress MP for five terms from 1974 to 2004, was dropped Nov 12 from the post of general secretary as well as from the membership of the Congress Working Committee, the party’s highest decision making body, and the Central Election Committee on charges of indiscipline.
New entrants to Congress love cameras more then anything else
“Please fold your hands for photos,” is what J.P Aggarwal, who heads the Delhi unit of the Congress, was heard pleading with leaders of various political parties who joined the party Tuesday.
As Aggarwal was reading out names of people joining the Congress, these individuals seemed more keen to pose for the battery of cameras rather then listening to him.
Aggarwal nonetheless soldiered on repeatedly pleading with the new joinees to bring their hands together rather than making victory signs or simply standing around.
Delhi Congress chief misspells name, apologizes
Former secretary of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, Chaudhary Ratan Singh, who joined the Congress Tuesday felt offended as Delhi Congress chief J.P Aggarwal read out his name as Ratan Singh Gujjar.
“I appeal to Aggarwalji to call me Chaudhary Ratan Singh and please don’t put Gujjar after my name. I don’t use it,” said Singh, who looked unhappy over his surname being twisted.
Realising that Singh was offended, Aggarwal profusely apologised and said he would henceforth keep this in mind.