‘Oust Bihar PCC chief’ move gains momentum
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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 "humiliation".

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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