New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Ahead of the upcoming polls in Maharashtra and Haryana, the Congress is facing discontent in both states over ticket distribution with the former chiefs of the party's units resigning from the election committees on Thursday and deciding to stay away from their respective campaigns.

In Haryana, Ashok Tanwar quit the election committee of the party over alleged irregularities in ticket distribution and said he would continue as an ‘ordinary worker’ only while in Maharashtra, fissures surfaced as its former chief Sanjay Nirupam declared he would not take part in the party's campaign after the name he had recommended was ‘rejected.’

Haryana:

Former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, who on Thursday protested outside Sonia Gandhi’s residence in New Delhi, quit the election committees of the party. However, Tanwar said that he would continue to work as an ‘ordinary worker’.

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In his letter to Sonia Gandhi, Tanwar alleged that the Congress in Haryana had turned into ‘Hooda Congress’ as those who worked against the party's interests in the last five years have been given prominence over those who struggled to strengthen the opposition party in the state.

“I am writing this letter with immense pain to inform you that after due consideration and exhausting all available avenues to get my voice heard. I have not been left with any other option but to resign from the responsibilities you have assigned me as member of various committees for Haryana assembly elections,” Tanwar said.

However, Tanwar said that he will continue his duties as a primary member of the Congress party.

Tanwar further said that the party workers are alleging corruption in ticket distribution and said that if needed, he would give adequate proof to Sonia Gandhi.

“The way ticket distribution has been done is not as per practice and laid rules,” he said.

Maharashtra:

Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, Congress’ former state chief Sanjay Nirupam also said that he would not take part in the party's campaign after the name he had recommended was "rejected".

In a series of tweets, he announced his decision and further hinted that he might even quit the party.

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“I had recommended just one name in Mumbai for Assembly election. Heard that even that has been rejected. As I had told the leadership earlier, in that case I will not participate in poll campaign. Its my final decision,” he tweeted.

“I hope that the day has not yet come to say good bye to party. But the way leadership is behaving with me, it doesn't seem far away,” he said in another tweet.

This is not the first time when infighting has been highlighted in Maharashtra. Last month actor Urmila Matondkar - who joined the party ahead of the Lok Sabha election - quit, alleging vested interests and in-house politics.

The upcoming elections in Haryana and Maharashtra will be important for Congress especially after the drubbing it got in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Polls will be held in Haryana and Maharashtra on October 21 while the results will be announced on October 24. The last date for filing nominations is October 4 and the deadline for withdrawing them is October 7. 

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma