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Wasnik heckled by Cong workers from Bihar at party Plenary

Wasnik heckled by Cong workers from Bihar at party Plenary
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First Published: Sun, Dec 19 2010. 10 00 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Dec 20 2010. 02 47 PM IST
Burari: Union minister Mukul Wasnik, the Congress general secretary in charge of Bihar, has been heckled at the party plenary on Sunday with some leaders from the state, where party recently faced a humiliating electoral defeat, accusing him of “selling” the assembly elections tickets.
“He is a thief, he sold off tickets in Bihar,” two women delegates from Bihar shouted as Wasnik stood up on the dais to fix a dysfunctional sound system. Soon the women party leaders were joined by few more others and the commotion led to chaos at the venue.
Although Congress president Sonia Gandhi was not seated on the dais at that time, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior leaders were present. Congress leadership, which has recently come under attack for not containing the corruption among its leaders, is meeting in Burari for a two-day party plenary. Wasnik, on his part, denied that the party had made a mistake by going it alone in Bihar.
Congress, which had nine members in the last assembly, could manage only four seats in the 243-member state legislature.
Addressing the 83rd party plenary, Gandhi said: “Recently, the elections in Bihar have made it clear that apart from strengthening the party from the grassroots, there is no other option. There is no easy way nor short cuts.”
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First Published: Sun, Dec 19 2010. 10 00 AM IST