Nikhil Kumar's Supporters Accuse Congress of Selling Party Tickets

Congress leaders protesting outside Sadaqat Ashram in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Supporters of Congress leader Nikhil Kumar on Thursday created ruckus outside Sadaqat Ashram, party state HQ in Patna, accusing the leadership of ‘selling’ party tickets to highest bidders while denying a ticket to the former MP from Aurangabad.

Congress, that was given a meagre nine seats in the Mahagathbandhan led by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), dropped former Governor of Nagaland and Kerala causing massive discontent among his followers who gathered outside Sadaqat Ashram in Patna on Thursday and chanted anti-party slogans while accusing it of ‘selling’ party ticket to the those who were willing to pay the price.

Kumar, 78, a former IPS officer, is the son of veteran Congress icon Satyendra Narayan Sinha and the grandson of another Congress stalwart Anugrah Narayan Sinha. His mother Kishori Sinha, who broke many glass ceilings in her long personal and political life, was an MP from Vaishali and his wife Shyama Singh was also an MP from Aurangabad.

Protestor chanted slogans against Bihar Congress in-charge Shakti Sinh Gohil, Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president Madan Mohan Jha and Akhilesh Singh accusing them of conspiring to give tickets to those who were making the highest bid.

Bihar Congress in-charge Shakti Sinh Gohil in Patna on Thursday.

This all happened when the party was releasing its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections in the presence of Nikhil Kumar, other party leaders, and members of the press.

Gohil rubbished the accusations of ‘selling party tickets’ saying in an alliance situation, it was not possible to give ticket to everyone and had to make a decision based on a number of factors that impacts all partners of the alliance.

“I am sorry some people were denied tickets but our goal is to win at all 40 seats in Bihar to hand over a crushing defeat to the NDA,” he said.

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