Two more vice presidents of the Congress party resigned from their posts on Friday in protest against high handedness in distribution of tickets in the ensuing elections to municipal bodies in Madhya Pradesh.
The resignations of former Lok Sabha MP from Ujjain Premchand Guddu and senior leader from Bhind Govind Singh follow the resignation of another vice-president Manak Agrawal, who was unhappy with a section of leadership for the way tickets were distributed in Hoshangaba and Itarsi.
Guddu accused the party of fielding a candidate affiliated with the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in Ujjain while Singh alleged that the relative of a murder accused was fielded in Bhind.
An office-bearer of the Congress said local leaders could not reconcile themselves to the high command’s decision to field new candidates in the local body elections. The regional satraps are unhappy because they think they have not been given due importance as was the norm before.
Cabinet Minister and senior BJP leader Narottam Mishra compared the Congress with a sinking ship and the deserting leaders with rats. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Congress-mukt Bharat will take effect in Madhya Pradesh,” he said.