New Delhi, April 17: Former Congress MP from West Delhi, Mahabal Mishra found himself in the middle of a controversy when an audio clip of his voice emerged, that allegedly questioned party's vice president Rahul Gandhi.
However, Mishra has denied that voice heard in the clip is not his. On April 11, an audio clip went viral on social media in which Mishra can be heard saying that "he is ashamed of Rahul Gandhi's choice of fielding one Suresh Kumar from Ranhola seat near Najafgarh", an India Today report said.
2-minute 20 seconds audio clip was exposed by Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal S Bagga on the microblogging site Twitter.
During the conversation, another person, an MCD ticket hopeful (for councillor's post) from Janak Puri ward, Brahmprakash is saying, "His son is a driver with Rahul Gandhi."
Mishra, while apologising, is further heard saying, "who can say anything before Rahul Gandhi" and "the party has come down to zero and yet, this is the state of affairs."
In the audio, it can be heard that Mishra is saying, "in return for campaigning extensively for the party, I only asked for one ticket to give to my choice of person, but was denied that. Now, Rahul Gandhi and Suresh Kumar can go win the elections on their own."
Meanwhile, Mishra has refuted the authenticity of the voice and stated, "It's a fake audio and someone in BJP or AAP must have copied my voice to produce this. You know these days there are people who can speak exactly like Narendra Modi or Arvind Kejriwal, and some mischievous person has done this."
Mishra also said that he knows Suresh Kumar alias Suresh Pahelwan, the contestant from ward 19S from Ranhola.
Congress Leader & Ex MP Mahabal Mishra slammed & abused Rahul Gandhi. Said Rahul gandhi gave ticket to his Driver's Son. ( listen till end ) pic.twitter.com/dM4Kzl3JKL— Tajinder Pal S Bagga (@TajinderBagga) 12 April 2017
Disgruntled Congress leaders allege nepotism in ticket distribution
Talking about the upcoming MCD elections, Mishra told a leading daily, "The importance of Biharis and migrants from eastern UP has forced parties to give them more representation in Delhi. Earlier both Congress and BJP only gave them nominal representation."
On April 5, former party spokesperson Jatinder Kochar alleged during a press conference, "Ajay Maken has set up a survey committee but this survey is nothing but a sham. Five relatives of Mahabal Mishra have been given tickets. One of them is not even a resident of the city. People are coming to us and saying money was demanded for tickets."