Senior Cong leader Manak Agarwal resigns, blames central leaders of selling poll tickets
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh state Congress on Thursday
received a rude shock when party vice-president and senior leader Manak Agarwal
sent in his resignation from the post to the PCC office.
Agarwal resigned in protest arguing that certain
Delhi-based leaders are getting candidature tickets for their supporters in the
urban body elections when grassroots workers who toil are being left out. He
also alleged that four-times Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Pachauri sold tickets before
Quarrel over ticket distribution took an ugly turn on
Tuesday when a group of miscreants from rival senior Congress leader Suresh
Pachauri camp attempted an armed attack on Agarwal in his chamber inside the
state Congress headquarters.
Agarwal said, “Ticket for the municipal chairman of
Itarsi was determined by senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam in consultation
with PCC president Arun Yadav. It was decided that the ticket would be given to
a former councillor. When everything was ready, phone calls have come from
Suresh Pachauri and National Mahila Congress president Shobha Oza who pushed
their candidate and got the ticket.”
Agarwal argued that Suresh Pachauri and Shobha Oza did
not visit Itarsi even once in the past five years. “The grassroots worker who
built a base for the Congress walking from door-to-door meeting people in
Itarsi is denied a ticket and a high-flier with Delhi connections walks away
with the candidature. This is precisely why the Congress is losing electoral
battles," he added.
State Congress leaders tried contacting Manak Agarwal
but he refused to speak to anyone. “I am not going to speak to anybody till the
Congress takes a hard stand that election tickets will not be sold. Round the
year, we work and toil in the constituencies and when the time comes for
elections then under-the-table cash payments gets the ticket. This needs to be stopped,”
Agarwal also threatened that he is still a primary
member of the party but will leave that too if former state Mahila Congress
chief Archana Jaiswal is not fielded from Indore whenever the urban civic polls
are held for that city.