Cong hits at giving ticket to ‘tainted’ Bansal

Faced with a dilemma over handing tickets to leaders facing allegations of corruption, Congress on Wednesday gave indications that while former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal could be re-nominated from Chandigarh, Pune MP Suresh Kalmadi may not be fielded in the upcoming polls.

‘It is unfair to call Bansal tainted. No chargesheet has been framed against him. BJP has been leading a diatribe against him, but the fact is that there are no charges against Bansal,’ party spokesperson Randip Surjewala told reporters.

The Congress spokesperson gave clear indications that the former railway minister will not be denied a ticket.

Party sources said that Congress’s Central Election Committee has already cleared Bansal’s name, but the candidature for Chandigarh was not announced in the first list to avoid a controversy when the party was making a big announcement of candidates for 194 seats. The second list or a subsequent one will have Bansal’s name, sources added.

A Special CBI court on Tuesday framed charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption against Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla and nine others who were arrested in the Rs 10-crore cash-for -post railway bribery case when the Congress leader was holding the railway portfolio. With a row erupting over the case, Bansal resigned from the Union cabinet.
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