Wasnik heckled by Cong workers from Bihar
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 22:52
New Delhi: Union Minister and Congress in-charge of Bihar Mukul Wasnik was on Tuesday heckled for the second time this week by party workers from the state who charged him with corruption in allotment of tickets to candidates during the recent polls there.

Wasnik met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence along with some party workers. When he was coming out, a party worker from Bihar started shouting slogans against Wasnik accusing him of "selling" tickets.

A heated exchange of words followed between Wasnik and the party worker and there was pushing and shoving. Other party leaders arrived at the scene and brought the situation under control.

Other party workers from the state, who had also not been allowed to meet Gandhi and were waiting outside, raised slogans against Wasnik.

Earlier in the meeting with Gandhi, a few Congress leaders had raised the issue of alleged irregularities in ticket distribution in Bihar and requested the party president to talk to "ground level workers to know the reality".

Those who could not meet Gandhi charged that they could not go inside as Wasnik feared that they would speak against him.

A group of party leaders from Bihar had also shouted slogans against Wasnik at the AICC headquarters today in the wake of the party's debacle in Bihar assembly polls.

Supporters of Wasnik, the party general secretary, also shouted slogans, triggering a commotion for a few minutes at the party office.

The leaders, who spoke against Wasnik, also distributed a new leaflet seeking answers to 12 questions including why tickets were not given according to caste combinations in the state, why people from outside Bihar were deployed as observers in 40 districts of the state for candidate selection and why such people were posted as incharge of various districts during polls.

"Are they real leaders of the state who joined Congress six months before the election and were successful in getting tickets for their chosen persons"? the leaflet said.

It also questioned who made changes in the list given by the state screening committee.

This is the third consecutive day when similar protests were carried out against those responsible for ticket distribution in Bihar polls.

A section of state leaders had distributed another leaflet on Sunday on the first day of the Congress Plenary session at Burari in which they had accused Wasnik and some other party leaders of "selling" nominations for the last assembly polls in the state.

During the first day of the Plenary too, there was slogan-shouting against Wasnik was by party workers from Bihar.


First Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 22:52

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