The accusation against the Congress's Rajasthan election screening committee chief Kumari Selja comes after the tussle between Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia for the distribution of tickets for the Madhya Pradesh elections had embarrassed the party
New Delhi: Controversy and Congress seem to be inseparable. If the open tussle between Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia in front of Congress president Rahul Gandhi wasn’t enough, now Rajasthan election screening committee chief Kumari Selja stands accused of selling tickets to prospective candidates in exchange of Rs 3.5 crore.
Posters claiming this was reportedly seen inside the toilet of the Congress headquarters at 24, Akbar Road in New Delhi. The posters also carry the photo of another woman apart from Selja. They claim that Vijaylakshmi Bishnoi got a ticket by shelling out Rs 3.5 crore to the screening committee head.
Congress entrusted Selja with the responsibility for selecting candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly elections back in June. Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot appointed her after a go-ahead from the party president. Gehlot also appointed Lalitesh Tripathi and Shakir Shanadi as members of the team. After the screening committee selects candidates for an election, its picks are then sent to the national leadership that gives its stamp of approval after due consideration.
Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan blamed 'outsiders' for this incident. "Gates are open. Anyone can come from outside to create mischief," he told MyNation.
It is still unknown if the allegations against Selja are true, or it is a handiwork of an agitated ticket aspirant. But what has become increasingly clear is that all is not well with the Congress.
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Last Updated Nov 5, 2018, 11:35 PM IST