New Delhi: Two days after a Sikh journalist lobbed shoes on home minister P. Chidambaram protesting over the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, an accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Thursday Congress president Sonia Gandhi asked them to withdraw from the election.
“Both Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar opted out of the elections and they had left the decision with the Congress president (Sonia Gandhi). The Congress president has accepted their decision. So both will not be the party candidates,” party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters in party headquarters.
The replacement candidates will be announced soon, Dwivedi added.
Earlier in the addressing a press conference, Tytler said he was withdrawing from the elections. “My heart says a lot of embarrassment has been caused to the party. I don’t think I should fight,” Tytler, who was to contest the 7 May election from north-east Delhi, told reporters.
Although Tytler denied that the Congress had sought his withdrawal from the poll scene, a senior party leader, who did not want to be identified, said he had been asked to quit.