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MCD Election 2017: Senior Cong leader AK Walia threatens to quit over 'irregularities in ticket distribution'

Senior Congress leader and former Delhi minister AK Walia has threatened to quit the party, alleging irregularities in ticket distribution for the MCD polls.

"I have written a letter to Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken, complaining against irregularities and violation of party rules in ticket distribution and if things do not
change, I will quit the party," Walia told PTI.

Representation image. Reuters

Representation image. Reuters

According to sources, Walia, who served as a state minister in the Sheila Dikshit government, was unhappy over party cancelling the ticket given to a woman candidate  for the 23 April MCD elections.

According to The Hindu, Walia added that the person who was eventually given the ticket fought as an independent candidate in 2012, leading to the defeat of the Congress candidate.

According to The Hindu, Walia has not sent an official resignation letter to the party, but issued an “ultimatum”.

Senior leader and vice-president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Chattar Singh said the party had not received any communication from Walia.

“He is a senior leader of the party. If he has any grievances, we will discuss it. We are already in the process of sorting it out,” Singh told The Hindu.

Walia was the MLA from Laxmi Nagar constituency for four consecutive terms. He has held health, urban development, land and building portfolios. He was also the chairman of Trans-Yamuna Area Development Board.

Several other Congress leaders have alleged irregularities in ticket distribution with former deputy speaker and three-time MLA Amrish Singh Gautam on Monday quitting the party and joining the BJP.

There are 272 wards in three municipal corporations in the city, with 104 each in the South and North Delhi Municipal Corporation and 64 in the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, which are going to polls on 23 April.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: Apr 03, 2017 14:29 PM

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