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‘Oust Bihar PCC chief’ move gains momentum

Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 00:09

New Delhi: The controversy over the Bihar
Pradesh Congress Committee members` list took a new turn today
with detractors of PCC chief Anil Sharma launching a campaign
for his removal and complaining to Rahul Gandhi about their

Former PCC chiefs Sadanand Singh and Ram Jatan Sinha, CLP
leader Ashok Ram, party leader in the Legislative Council
Mahachander Singh and AICC Secretary Mahboob Ali Kauser met
Rahul to protest against the way the "jumbo" committee has
been constituted.

Some of these leaders said while Rahul has promised to
look into the issue, they have sought an appointment with
party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The leaders alleged that Sharma has "humiliated" them by
not holding prior consultations with the state leaders and by
giving them "insignificant" posts in the new committee.

At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Manish Tewari
sidestepped questions whether the committee has become "null
and void" in the wake of the controversy and with Sonia Gandhi
herself virtually washing her hands off the matter.

Embarrassed by the mention of caste in the list of PCC
office bearers in Bihar and dragging Lok Sabha Speaker Meira
Kumar into the controversy, Tiwari said an inquiry is on into
the matter.

"There is no intent to bring any constitutional functionary
and the Speaker to disrepute. How the document became public
is a matter of inquiry," he said adding that accountability
will be fixed.


First Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 00:09

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