Congress downplays Margaret Alva’s outburst

November 10th, 2008 - 10:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 10 (IANS) The Congress Monday seemed to be playing down party general secretary Margaret Alva’s outburst over ticket distribution during the Karnataka assembly elections earlier this year.”There are no disciplinary proceedings (against Alva),” Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters Monday, a day after the party’s media cell chief M. Veerappa Moily said that the Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) headed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony would decide on Alva’s allegation of “sale of nominations” during the assembly elections.

“There may be discussions or conversations on the issue. I have nothing to add to what Moily has stated,” Natarajan said.

“I am not aware whether any proceedings are underway,” she added.

Rejecting Alva’s allegation that party tickets were “sold” during the Karnataka elections, Natarajan said: “No wrong doing happened. Nothing (was done) out of the way.”

Alva said in an interview last week that some Congress leaders even took money to select candidates.

“Some people sold tickets in Karnataka, but these people lost the elections,” Alva had said.

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