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UP Congress leader claims he wasn't allowed to contest against Rahul

IANS  |  Lucknow 

A leader from western on Thursday alleged that he wanted to contest the presidential in the party against Vice President but was prevented from doing so.

Talking to reporters, Ayub Ali said that he had gone to meet the Congress' Central Authority chairman Mullpally Ramchandran and was not only disallowed to file the nomination papers for the post but also shouted at.

"I was told that I cannot contest the polls and that was the only candidate for the top post... he (Ramachandran) also asked me to get out of the office.... how is this a democracy?" he questioned while airing his disappointment at being mistreated by the party's returning officer for the presidential

After the scrutiny of the nomination papers, is the sole candidate in the fray. Last date of withdrawal of nomination papers is 3 p.m. on December 11. Elevation of Gandhi to the top party post is now just a foregone conclusion.

The polls have however been mired in controversy as leader from Maharashtra, Shehzaad Poonawala had questioned the procedure and had said that the entire process was a farce as this was a "selection and not election".

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 23:34 IST
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