The decision came from Congress after Margaret Alva went public alleging that the party tickets for the recent Karnataka polls was given on cash-for-tickets basis. Alva's son Nivedith Alva was denied a Congress ticket for the Karnataka polls. She was asked to meet the Chairman of the Congress Disciplinary Committee to explain what she said before the media on Nov 6, 2008. A report from the Disciplinary Action Committee was then submitted to Congress President Sonia Gandhi who subsequently accepted the resignation.
Alva's allegation that money had changed hands during the distribution of tickets had put Congress in an embarrassing position, as the party gears up for assembly elections in six states. This has even given a chance to opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which labelled her comments as 'stunning revelation'.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said to mediapersons, "The Congress does not agree with the allegations by our senior and seasoned leader Margaret Alva that money is used in the distribution of tickets." He added that during polls many people may differ on some candidates but such differences were not to be aired in public. He said winnability and party ideology are the only criterion to give tickets for elections.