Margaret Alva resigns as Cong General Secretary

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{image-Margaret Alva11_11112008.jpg}New Delhi, Nov 11: AICC general secretary Margaret Alva, whose allegations of 'sale' of party tickets in the Karnataka assembly polls created a row, has resigned from her post. She met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday, Nov 10, soon after appearing before the Disciplinary Action Committee chairman A K Antony.

It seems Alva bowed to pressure following her recent remarks that party tickets were sold during the Karnataka Assembly elections, which invited criticism from within the party. Though the party high command was tight lipped on the issue, the matter was referred to the party's Disciplinary Action Committee. Alva was the General Secretary in charge of seven states, including Maharashtra, Haryana and Punjab. She met Sonia on Monday, Nov 10 and expressed her inability to continue as party General Secretary while the matter is with Disciplinary Action Committee.

But sources say she stuck to her stand that there was arbitrary distribution of tickets during Karnataka Assembly elections. People who make guidelines are the ones who are breaking it," Alva had said on November 6 and the party was quick to warn her.

"Nobody is allowed or should be taking the grievances to the public without discussing them first," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi had said on November 7 while reacting to Alva's charge.

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