Anita Joshua

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Margaret Alva is learnt to have submitted her resignation as general secretary on Tuesday after she came in for sharp criticism from colleagues for her allegation of election ticket sale within the party. However, there was no official word on whether her resignation was accepted by party president Sonia Gandhi.

The Congress had described Ms. Alva’s allegation as a “gross violation of discipline.”

Briefing journalists here, the chairman of the party’s media department, M. Veerappa Moily, said the Congress was awaiting the report of Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) chairman A.K. Antony. “After having found prima facie that she had committed indiscipline, the matter was referred to the DAC chairman last Friday,” Mr. Moily said.

Mr. Antony — who met Ms. Alva on Monday — called on Ms. Gandhi on Tuesday evening and is understood to have briefed her on the controversy.

Though Mr. Moily refused to confirm whether Ms. Alva had submitted her resignation from all the posts in the party, there were indications that she would be divested of her official charge.

Ms. Alva is the general secretary in charge of Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland and is also a member of the Congress Election Committee (CEC). By virtue of her being a general secretary, she is also member of the Congress Working Committee.

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