Fund-raising controversy: Maha PCC chief may land in trouble

Last Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 23:14

New Delhi: The controversy over fund
collection for Congress president Sonia Gandhi`s rally at
Sevagram in Wardha district on Friday could land Maharashta PCC
chief Manikrao Thakre in trouble.

The AICC today indicated that it was not coming to the
rescue of the beleaguered leader, amid questions whether he
was off the hook or being proceeded against.
"Maharashtra Chief Minister and PCC chief have their
statements on the issue. We have nothing to say on this matter
now," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters at the
AICC briefing here.

If some development takes place further, and the party
makes any other opinion on the issue, it will give its
response when required, he added.

Tewari also parried a question as to whether the party`s
top leadership was angry with Thakre.

The controversy has arisen at a time when Sonia Gandhi
is in the process of finalizing new PCC chiefs for the states
after her re-election as Congress president.

Opposition has been attacking Congress hammer and tongs
over the issue demanding a judicial probe into the matter.
The demand was made by Leader of Opposition in the state
Assembly Eknath Khadse after TV channels showed footage of two
senior Congress leaders including Thakre allegedly discussing
matters relating to fund collection.

The video showed Thakre speaking with former minister
Satish Chaturvedi about fund collection from Congress
ministers, including Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, for the
rally that was today addressed by the Congress chief.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has said all the money
raised for the rally has been accounted for.

"It`s an expenditure borne on transporting people from
various parts to participate in tomorrow`s rally...People
would like to come of the arrangements are made properly and
that`s all," he had said.

Tewari also attacked BJP for making an issue out of it,
saying the main opposition parties "should look within" and
invoked the controversial vote of confidence in BJP-ruled
Karnataka.

"Such a party need not give anybody else a lesson. They
(BJP) have exposed their character and conduct," he said.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar has accused Congress
of "making use of money power to hold rallies its core
belief."

PTI

First Published: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 23:14
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