No Sale of tickets during Karnataka polls: Cong

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New Delhi, Nov 10 (UNI) The Congress today ''totally denied'' the charge made by AICC General Secretary Margaret Alva that party tickets were sold during the recent Karnataka Assembly polls.

''There is no truth in the sale of tickets.... No wrongdoing happened,'' Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan told reporters.

She said the candidates were selected on the basis of certain parameters such as loyalty, winnability and credibility.

''And to say that the party gave tickets beyond those parameters is wrong.... Nothing out of the way happened,'' she added.

Mrs Alva had recently alleged that the Congress picked candidates in the Karnataka assembly polls in exchange for money.

The matter has been referred to the Congress disciplinary action committee (DAC), according to AICC Media Cell Chief M Veerappa Moily.

Mrs Natarajan initially said she was not aware whether the DAC was looking into the matter.

''No disciplinary process is taking place...,'' she said.

When referred to Mr Moily's statement, Mrs Natarajan said she did not want to add anything to what Mr Moily had stated.

Asked whether the selling of party tickets led to the Congress rout in the Karnataka polls, she said the party's percentage of votes was more than the BJP's.

''We are on a victory mode,'' she said, referring to the coming elections in six States.

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